Good attendance is essential for pupils to achieve their best at school.

All pupils should aim to achieve 100% attendance as anything less than this means essential learning is being missed and it can have a detrimental effect on achievement.

As this is such an important target, special awards are presented to pupils who achieve 100% attendance each term.

Developing good habits of attendance and punctuality are also vital for future employment.

The school recognises that there may occasionally be situations where absence is unavoidable; however all pupils should strive to achieve 95% as a minimum acceptable level of attendance. This may seem a high figure but it should be remembered that even 95% attendance means the pupil has missed a half day every fortnight.

Medical appointments should not be made during school hours unless it is unavoidable.

Holidays should not be taken during term time. The DFE regulations on holidays have changed recently and it is only in 'exceptional circumstances' that the school can grant permission for a holiday in term time. In this situation it is necessary to write a letter to the Headteacher explaining the circumstances and she will consider the case.

Should the school decide not to grant leave of absence and parents still take their child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised, which may be subject to a Penalty Notice fine of £60 per parent per child. This fine will increase to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Failure to pay the £120 fine within the period 22 to 28 days may lead to Court proceedings. 

If your son/daughter experiences any problems with regard to attendance please contact the school as soon as possible as we may be able to help by providing appropriate support.

Absence Procedure

If a pupil is going to be absent for an unavoidable reason such as illness or family emergency, please notify the school office as soon as possible on 01782 568350.

On return to school the pupil will need to see subject teachers and take responsibility for catching up with work missed as soon as possible.

Mrs L Jackson

Executive Headteacher

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