Attendance

The importance of regular attendance at school

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life, children who frequently miss school often fall behind.  There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results.  

Your responsibilities as a parent 

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.

Absence from school due to illness

Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness, if this is the case then you should contact the school office as early as possible on the day that your child is absent.

 Is my child too ill for school? - Guidance from the  NHS

 

Holidays during term time

 Since September 2013, a change to government legislation has meant that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.  
 
Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional.  Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

Requests for exceptional absence

If you have exceptional reasons for requesting permission to take your child out of school during term time, you must write to the headteacher. You will then be advised whether your request has been approved

View document policies/attendance_policy.pdf