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Attendance and Admissions

Attendance

It is important that your child is in school on time, every day in order for them to get the most out of their education. Being off can mean that your child falls behind with their learning and could miss out on exciting experiences. As a school, we are very proud of the amount of children who attend school regularly and, each half term, those children who have an attendance of above 96% (we know everyone gets ill sometimes) receive a certificate and are entered into a prize draw to win vouchers to spend on family activities or on Amazon.

We are required by law to monitor attendance. If you have any concerns or require any support with getting your child into school regularly, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Lynch or Mrs Hill, who will strive to help in any way possible.

Requests for absence

The Government made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013. These state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. 

If absence becomes a concern, in the first instance, school will look to support you to resolve any problems. During this process we may need to speak with your child.

As a school we will support with attendance by;

  • sending letters home to alert parents to low attendance
  • arranging attendance panels to establish how we can support and explain next steps

The letter updating parents on the above as well as the forms to request authorisation for exceptional circumstances can be found below: