Attendance

Please contact the school if your child is absent on each day of absence. Parents/carers must notify the school before 9.00am if their child is not attending school (contact number 01952 387540). School will follow up un-notified absences.

If your child needs to be absent for part of the school day, for example for a medical appointment, they will need to be signed out and in at the school office.  It is helpful to give school advance notice where possible so that staff do not follow up as with an unexplained absence.

Wherever possible, routine medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours.

In the event of contagious illnesses, your child may need to remain away from school for a time after symptoms appear to have gone.  Please check with us before sending your child back in.

We will never allow your child to leave school during school time unless you or a person named by you collects him or her.  Parents are asked to try to make medical and dental appointments after school hours or in school holidays.

Parents should apply to the Headteacher for any request for leave in term time by completing a request form available from school.  (DfE guidance states schools should not authorise leave retrospectively).

The Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time.  The Governors and Headteacher of the school support this and have decided that students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances.  Each application will be considered and the Headteacher will determine the duration of any leave if it is agreed and authorised. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent or posted to the parents’ home address.

As a school we are asked to inform you that, in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent, per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days.  If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.

Guidance Notes for Parents requesting Leave in Term Time

1. Parents wishing the school to consider granting leave of absence in school term time should read these notes carefully. Any requests for leave of absence should be sent to the school on the correct form in time for the request to be considered well before the desired period of absence. Parents are strongly advised not to finalise any holiday booking arrangements before receiving the school’s decision on their request. In any event the request form must be received by the school at least four weeks before the departure date to allow sufficient time for appropriate consideration.

2. The granting of leave of absence in school term time is, by law, a matter for consideration and decision by the school. There is no automatic right to any leave in term time. The Department for Education (DfE) and Telford & Wrekin Local Authority (LA) policy is that family holidays should not be taken in school term time. Where such requests are made, for the leave to be granted, the Headteacher should decide if there are exceptional circumstances.

3. Each case will be considered individually and on its own merits. Parents need, therefore, to consider very carefully before making any request for leave of absence the demands of the National and wider School Curriculum especially at the Key Stage assessment stage. In considering a request, the school will take account of: –

• the exceptional circumstances stated that have given rise to the request;
• the age of the child;
• the stage of the child’s education and progress and the effects of the requested absence on both elements;
• the overall attendance pattern of the child;
• the nature of the trip.
• students/pupils on examination courses or due to take SATS will not normally be granted leave of absence.

4. Where parents have children in more than one school a separate request must be made to each school. The Headteacher of each school will make their own decision based on the factors relating to the child at their school. It is possible that because of these factors different decisions may be made. It is hoped that if this situation arises parents will be persuaded to accept the reasons for refusal given and, thereby, withdraw any other requests.

5. Where requests for a grant of leave of absence are received from only one parent the response letter – agreeing or refusing – will be either addressed to both/all parents where they live at the same address or to each where they do not. This is to ensure, particularly in the case of a refusal, that both or all ‘parents’ are fully aware of the consequences of ignoring a refusal as the refusal letter clearly states that each parent will receive a penalty notice.

6. Should the school decide to grant leave of absence but, the child does not return to school at the time s/he was expected to (i.e. following the expiry of the granted leave of absence period) and, no information is available to the school to explain/justify the continuing absence or, make known the whereabouts of the child, his/her place at the school could be lost.

7. Should the School decide not to grant leave of absence and parents still take their child out of school the absence will be recorded as unauthorised which may be subject to a Holiday Penalty Notice fine of £60 per parent per child. From 1st September 2013 this fine increased to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Failure to pay the £120 fine by day 28 may lead to Court proceedings.