Education provides a means of advancement for all young people to improve their life chances. Regular school attendance is a legal requirement for those registered at a school. Without it, the efforts of the best teachers and schools will come to nothing.
Pupils need to attend regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Irregular attendance undermines that educational process and leads to educational disadvantage. It places children at risk and in some cases, it can result in pupils being drawn into patterns of anti-social or criminal behaviour.
In line with new Covid-19 regulations we have staggered our start and end times for the school day.
Children in Energise and Illuminate Houses will start their day at 8.30am and end at 3pm
Children in Wisdom and Inspire Houses will start their day at 8.40am and end at 3.10pm
Children arriving after 9am will be marked as unauthorised late.
Adults must sign latecomers into Reception with reception staff on both campuses.
Continued lateness will be reported and discussed with the parents.
If your child is ill please report their absence either by telephone, in person or in written form that is signed.
Leave and Holidays in Term time
From 1st September 2013, a new law gave no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Associate Principal must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. The Associate Principal would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the school.
The Local Authority’s decision to issue a fixed Penalty Notice is based on information submitted by the school.
Triggers for the fixed Notice Penalty will be
- 10 sessions (5days) of unauthorised absence in the last 12 weeks, including unauthorised holidays and unauthorised lates.
It is important that parents understand that the initial fixed penalty notice of £60 is issued to each parent for each child. A two-parent family with two children would therefore be fined £240.
Requests for leave must be given using the ‘Request for Leave of Absence Form’ to the Associate Principal.