Attendance Regulations 2013
The Department for Education expects schools to promote good attendance and reduce absences, including persistent absence. This is because we know that missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less.
As a school we work incredibly hard to support all children and their families to ensure that all children have good attendance.
One aspect of attendance that the government has decided to focus on is approved holidays during term time. As of September 2013, no holidays can be authorised during term time. This means that all holidays will be classified as unauthorised. We realise that this may be an issue for some families but please be aware that this is not a school decision.
As a consequence of these changes the school will no longer be able to approve requests for leave of absence for reasons that are not considered to be special or exceptional such as:
Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively.
We would like to remind parents that this is a Governmnet policy and parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child and will be issued a penalty notice from the Local Authority. These remain on the child’s record and will be monitored for further action by the Education Welfare Service.
We would like to thank all those parents in our school who ensure that their children have good attendance records.