Attendance/Late Procedure and Leave of Absence

RECORDING OF LATES

School is open from 08.40am to 08.50am whereby all pupils are expected to be in class during this time for registration to take place. In line with our Attendance Policy, if your child arrives between 08.51am and 09.00am, they are deemed as ‘late’ and will need to report to reception to explain why they have arrived late. They will also have their time of arrival recorded, for example, if they arrive at 08.54 , they will have four minutes marked as late, and the next day at 08.57, they will have seven minutes marked as late and so on. We consider a window of ten minutes to allow for traffic issues or any other difficulties in getting to school on time a reasonable amount of leigh-way.

Registers close at 09.00am, therefore if your child arrives after this time, an ‘unauthorised’ mark will be recorded. Again, their arrival time will be noted. For example, if they arrive at 09.15am, they will have 25 minutes unauthorised absence and the next day arriving at 09.20am will result in 30 minutes unauthorised absence. This total will form an accrued absence which will be shown at the end of the school year. We request that all children are accompanied by an adult to the school office if they are later than 08.50am. To ensure parents are kept aware of their child being late, a courtesy letter will be sent out  alerting you to this fact; we have started this process from Tuesday 5th September 2017.

May we also request when leaving a message on the answer-phone informing us of your child’s absence due to sickness, to give exact details as to why they are unwell, rather than just saying ‘poorly’. Thank you for your understanding in this important respect of attendance.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTS

Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance online. As such, all parents/carers are expected wherever possible to plan and take their family holidays at this time so as not to disrupt their children’s education. Education law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave; and it is the headteachers decision on whether the absence is exceptional and how many days to approve.

Parents/carers who take their child out of school without the absence being agreed and authorised by written permission from the school can be issued with a penalty fine.

See the Department for Education for more information

https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/school-behaviour-attendance