Important information for parents and carers regarding attendance
With effect from January 2017, following a review with the Local Authority, and in line with new Government legislation, the Governors have agreed a new Attendance Policy. The key points are:
- You must inform the school office by 9.15am if your child is unwell and unable to attend school. This must be followed with a letter upon their return.
- School day begins at 8.55am. If your child is not in class at this time they will be marked as late. If they arrive after 9.10am, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will count towards the total unauthorised absence for the year.
- School finishes at 3.15pm. Pupils who are collected late will be recorded.
- Consistent lateness either end of the day will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
- The school should be informed of all medical appointments well in advance. Parents of children attending medical appointments may be requested to bring the appointment letter as evidence.
- Medical appointments or illness does not guarantee an authorised absence. This decision will always rest with the school and its governors.
- Please ensure that when you contact the school about any medical appointments you also state whether or not he/she will require a school meal that day or be bringing a packed lunch.
- Planned absence must be notified in writing at least a month prior to the event.
- Penalty Notice Procedures will begin when a child has 6 or more sessions (2 sessions = 1 day) of unauthorised absence across the academic year and not necessarily as a continuous period. This will result in a fine being levied to the parents as defined by the Education Act 1996. The current level of fine is £60 per child, per parent, if paid within 21 days.
- If there is a period of unauthorised absence of 20 school days, the pupil may be removed from the school roll and their place allocated to someone on our waiting list.
The school and families are monitored by the Education Welfare Officer to ensure that all pupils are in school at the appropriate times, so they can receive the best education they can and fulfil their potential. The EWO will drop in for ‘late gates’ on a more frequent basis in 2017.