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It is important that all children attend school regularly and arrive promptly. We have a legal requirement to specify reasons for absence and record them in the register.

Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

If you are finding it difficult to get to school regularly and on time, please discuss this with us so that we can offer you and your child support.

Absences

Please contact the school as soon as possible when your child is absent, explaining the reasons for the absence. When absence is expected to be lengthy, arrangements can be made for work to be sent home if this is appropriate. Unauthorised absence relates to those occasions when parents fail to inform the school of reasons for absence, or when the absence falls within a category outside the Head teacher’s jurisdiction to permit such an activity e.g. shopping trips.

Lateness

The school also has a legal obligation to record late arrivals, and persistent lateness may result in a visit from the LA Attendance Officer. Children arriving after the register has been taken will be marked late.

Term time leave requests

The Government specifies that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence to pupils during term time unless they consider there to be ‘exceptional circumstances’. Absences that are not for exceptional reasons are unlikely to be authorised. If a headteacher grants leave, he or she should determine the number of days the child can be away from school.

The headteacher will consider all term time leave requests. Each request will be considered on its own merit and the impact upon the child’s learning and wellbeing will be central to the decision made. However, the headteacher may take into account previous leave requests, general attendance and other factors related to the child when making the decision.

Medical and dental appointments

Missing registration for a medical or dental appointment is counted as an authorised absence. For non-urgent appointments, however, please try to make these out of school hours. If this is not possible, please only have your child out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance or punctuality, or are considering taking your child out of school during term time please discuss this with the school.

Created: February 2015
Last reviewed: February 2015