We pride ourselves in having high expectations of the children and endeavour for them to thrive and achieve. All our pupils are entitled to the same experiences and opportunities that school brings, therefore not attending school will result in loss of learning and vital parts of their curriculum.
Pupils can enter the school grounds from 8.30am, with school doors opening at 8:45am and the school day starting promptly at 9:00am. Registers close at 9:05am and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances will be recorded as a late mark. All children arriving from 9.15am onwards will be given an unauthorised absence mark for the morning session. Pupils arriving at school late (after register closes) must enter through the main office to sign in.
If we are not informed of an absence, the school safeguarding protocols will be followed, a text will be sent which will be followed by a phone call if we have no response.
What is expected of Parents?
As a parent, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school. If they cannot attend for any reason, you should notify the school office and the absence may be authorised if appropriate.
It is the parent’s responsibility:
School attendance regulations changed on 1st September 2013 under Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 which amends the existing 2006 regulations.
Under current government legislation, the school is unable to allow absence in term for the purpose of a holiday under any circumstances. The regulations do allow the school to continue to authorise absence in “exceptional circumstances”. Please find below a list of examples of allowable absences and those which will now be classed as unauthorised absences.
Allowed absence in exceptional circumstances (at the discretion of the Headteacher and in advance of the event)
Absences not allowed under any circumstances
All requests for absence due to exceptional circumstances must be made by completing the ‘Request for Absence’ form. The Headteacher will then review each request and decide if it meets the criteria for authorisation.
Please be aware that any holiday in term time will be treated as unauthorised and may result in a fine issued by the Local Authority. We hope that parents will understand that schools are bound by the government legislation and make every effort to comply with the attendance regulations.