The Federation recognises the great importance of regular attendance and the clear impact that absence has upon a pupil’s learning. It sets challenging attendance targets each year and both schools share a clear attendance policy. Term and holiday dates are notified to parents well in advance. Additional days during the year for staff training and development (INSET) will also be notified as far in advance as is possible.
Where it is at all possible please make appointments for dentist, doctor, etc. outside school hours to avoid disruption and time missed at school. Please note that children arriving in school after such appointments and after registration are classed as absences. Other absence from school should be notified on the first day with a note or telephone call explaining reasons.
Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. Children should also be kept at home for a full 48 hours after any bout of sickness or diarrhoea has ended to ensure symptoms have cleared and also to prevent illness from spreading.
Holidays should not be taken during term time. Where absence is wanted during school time, it is important to request authorisation from the school in advance, however absence should not be requested in terms 1 or 5, in line with local authority policy.
An appropriate ‘absence from school’ form should be requested from the school office and a maximum number of 10 days may be granted at the discretion of the Headteacher. However, new legislation means that no requested absence is to be authorised unless in exceptional circumstances. Significant unauthorised absence may trigger involvement of the education welfare service, or if extensive, a fixed penalty notice. There are clear links between attendance and achievement and taking time off school will disadvantage your child’s learning.