Absence and attendance
If your child is ill, you MUST call the school as soon as possible on 796193.
Children should attend school even if...
Please see the link below on the most up to date advice from the NHS with regard to illnesses and conditions that affect children.
This includes advice on when children should still attend school and any limitations on when not to attend.
Please ensure that any routine appointments or check-ups are booked for out of school times wherever possible.
We appreciate that it is diffidult to book appointments especially if they are required urgently and we know you don't want your child to miss anytime in school. If appointment times are early in the morning please ensure you bring your child in to register first before collecting them to take to the appointment. Children should then return to school as soon as possible afterwards, if they are well enough following any treatment.
Leave of absence requests
The Education (Pupil registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, govern all requests for leave within term-time.
When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school are obliged to act within the law.
The amended regulations removed references to 'holiday' and 'extended leave', as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days. It is now clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If the leave is granted, Head Teachers are able to determin the number of school days a child can be absent for.
The Government has not defined 'exceptional circumstances' as referred to in the 2013 regulations. It is for the Head Teacher to decide what he/she views as 'exceptional' and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted.
The school can only consider leave of absence requests which are made by the 'resident' parent.
Each application for leave will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.
Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during this period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penatly Notice.
Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s).
We greatly appreciate parental support to reduce the total amount of days lost due to holidays. We are committed to working in partnership with you to enable your child to reach their academic targets and to support their social development. For this to happen we need to keep individual attendance as high as possible - we all need to play our part.
Your child's progress, both academically and socially, is our shared priority.
Please note that completed leave of absence request forms must be accompanied by a supporting letter giving full details of the request.