Coming to school regularly is important for your child's future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. Parents are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school. If your child doesn't go to school, you could get fined or prosecuted.
Good attendance at school is not just valuable, it’s essential. Going to school is directly linked to improved academic achievement which should in turn lead to further learning opportunities and better job prospects. As well as this, going to school helps to develop:
- Social skills
- Team values
- Life skills
- Cultural awareness
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- In our weekly Friday assemblies if a class achieves a weekly attendance rate of 96% or over, they are presented with an attendance certificate
- Also in our weekly assemblies, classes who have no children arriving late into school during that week are presented with a punctuality certificate
- At the end of each half-term, all children whose attendance is over 96% for the duruation of the half-term are awarded a special certificate
- Each half-term, all children who have achieved 100% for the duration of the half-term are awarded a special certificate and a prize (we have 6 prizes to recognise children who ahieve 100% attendance for several half-terms in school)
- The children really enjoy in our weekly assemblies our 'Attendance Spin The Wheel' award. A representative child from each class who achieves a weekly attendance of 98% or above, spins the wheel during the assembly to win a prize for their class (see the photograph below).
Procedure to inform the school if your child is absent due to Sickness
We understand that there will be times when your child is too ill to attend school. However, it is very important to inform the school on the first day of your child’s absence with the reason, either by Weduc app or telephone on the school number which is:
01922 270077 or in person at the school office. This must be done by 10:00 am please.
There may be occasions when a child needs to leave the premises in school time for appointments(proof of appointment must be shown to the office staff). It is helpful if the school, especially the class teacher can be advised in advance. Please note that children are never released from school unaccompanied. Please sign out when you take the child with you.
By law, the Governors are required to report on the number of unauthorised absences each year. It is therefore very important to keep the school informed of the reasons for all absences. Attendance is monitored by the Head teacher and the Local Authority
A very important message for all parents
Please note that the 2013 amendment to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, means that Head Teachers may no longer authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional. This is also in accordance with Staffordshires Local Authority’s ‘Leave in Term Time Guidance’. If your child takes leave that has not been authorised by the Head Teacher, it will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised. Please understand that this may lead to the issuing of a penalty notice and legal action being taken or your child losing their school place. If you are issued with a penalty notice, each parent will be fined a minimum of £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made. If that fine is not paid, you may be required to attend Court and this could result in a fine for each parent of up to £1000 per child. Being taken to Court could result in you having a criminal record.
If a pupil takes unauthorised leave in term time without the Head Teacher’s permission, and does not return to school within 20 school days, the pupil may be deleted from the school register on the 21st day i.e. they will no longer have a place at this school.
Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school, friendship with peers and support from staff can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.
If you believe there is an exceptional and urgent reason for your child to take leave during term time, please complete the Request for term time holiday form, it is the Head Teacher who will then make a decision on whether or not the leave can be authorised. For example: