Children should report to form rooms at 8.35am for registration. However breakfast will be served in the main dining room from 7.45am onwards.
In an effort to encourage attendance it is our policy to telephone parents on the first day of a pupil’s absence. This system is a genuine attempt to stop truancy and prevent children being at risk by wandering the streets without their parents’ knowledge. A telephone message from home on the first day of a pupil’s absence is appreciated and will prevent us from contacting the home. Your child should also bring a note of explanation for his or her Form Tutor on returning to school.
We believe that any absence from school, for whatever reason, is detrimental to a child’s long term life opportunities, so should be avoided if at all possible. Regular and punctual attendance at school is both a legal requirement, and essential for pupils in order to maximise their educational opportunities. Sections 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996 empowers Headteachers or their nominated deputies to issue Fixed Penalty Notices in cases of unauthorised absence from school, where a parent/carer is considered capable but unwilling to secure an improvement in their child’s attendance at school. If a child of compulsory school age fails to attend regularly at school his/her parent/carer is guilty of an offence under Section 444 Education Act 1996. If unauthorised absences continue after the period of notice, proceedings will be taken in accordance with Section 444(1) or (1A) Education Act 1996. A formal written warning of the possibility of a Penalty Notice will be issued to parent(s) and a period of 15 school days given to improve attendance. Where there is no improvement a Fixed Penalty can be issued. The amount of the penalty is £60 if paid with 21 days of receipt of the notice. This rises to £120 if paid after the 21 days but within 28 days. If the payment is not made the parent/carer(s) will be prosecuted for the original offence and could be subject to a range of fines or other disposals in the Magistrates’ court. Penalty Notices and other sanctions will be used only where parental cooperation in this process is either absent or deemed insufficient to resolve the problem. They will be used as a means to support parents/carers to meet their responsibilities in law, and where there is a reasonable expectation that their use will secure an improvement.
During the lunch break pupils must stay on the school premises unless they can be picked up by a parent or relative to ensure their supervision and safety. No other alternatives are available. Children who stay for a school meal are expected to remain on the premises under the supervision of school staff for the whole of the lunch break.
NO RESPONSIBILITY CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY PUPIL WHO LEAVES THE SCHOOL PREMISES IN DEFIANCE OF THIS RULE.
Pupils who achieve excellent levels of attendance will be rewarded by the school.
Holidays During Term Time
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. From 1st September 2013 this prevents headteachers from authorising holidays/absence during term time. Leave of absence from school should only be in exceptional circumstances.
If possible all appointments should be arranged out of school hours to ensure minimum disruption to your child’s education. When appointments have to be made in school hours a note asking for release must be sent to the Form Tutor.
Application for Leave of Absence
Please note that there is no automatic right for a pupil’s leave of absence. The school will consider a request for leave of absence in relation to the exceptional circumstances of the application together with the pupil’s attendance and educational attainment.