Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives the best education they can. This means ensuring that their child attends regularly, on time and prepared.
Absence from school
There will be occassions when your child will be absent from school. It is very important that you inform school of the dates of absence and the reasons. Any absence for which there is no notification of reason from an adult with parental responsibility will be classified as unauthorised.
We monitor attendance on a weekly basis and keep percentages for each child. If your child's attendance falls below 95% we will send you a letter to explain that we are monitoring your child's attendance. If it then falls below 95%, we will invite you in to attend an action plan meeting. Here targets will be set for the next four weeks. If the targets are not met, we will then send a referral to the EWO with a copy of letters, the action plan and attendance figures.
Requests for absence from school in exceptional circumstances and Penalty Notices.
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).
An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.
Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.
Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.
If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.