It is very important that your child attends school. Here is some information about attendance at St Peter’s. We feel that it is helpful for you to understand the legislation that we are expected to uphold.
Therefore, please note the following points:
If your child is unable to attend school you should phone the school for each day of absence, explaining the reason for the absence. If your child does not attend morning registration, you will receive an automated call from school. Please respond to this call when prompted. This call is to ensure that you know if your child hasn’t arrived at school and is an important part of the school’s safety procedures. If the school does not receive a note from you, the absence becomes unauthorised. If your child has five or more consecutive days unauthorised then you may be liable to a fine of £50 or £100. It is very important that all absences are authorised by the school. If your child is off sick for three days or more then you may be asked to provide medical evidence for absence. If evidence is not received by the school then these absences will be unauthorised.
As from the 1st September 2013, all schools are unable to authorise any requests for absence relating to holidays in term time. This has been brought about by an amendment to the Education (Pupil Registration)(England) Regulations 2006 which has removed reference to holidays and the ten day period.
These changes reinforce the government’s view that every minute of every school day is vital and that pupils should only be granted authorised absence by the school, in exceptional circumstances e.g. illness, exclusions, or due to other unavoidable causes. This view has recently been reinforced by Ofsted who in a recently published report on a Devon school reported, “Pupils clearly enjoy being at school. However, overall attendance is no better than average and this is in part due to some pupils being taken out of school for holidays during term time by their parents, in spite of the fact that the school has a clear and published policy that makes it clear that such absence is unauthorised. This absence has an impact on pupils’ achievement. As a result, the overall judgement for behaviour and safety is good rather than outstanding”.
We would remind parents that unauthorised absences may well result in the instigation of parental responsibility measures which could be a penalty notice, or a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 3 months. We hope you will support your child’s school by ensuring that your son/daughter obtains the maximum benefit from their time at school by attending punctually for the 190 days each year that the law requires, unless prevented from doing so by an unavoidable circumstances.
ABSENCE REQUEST FORMS are available to download or from the school office and should be returned to the Attendance Officer. Any work missed must be made up. School starts at 8.30am when the register is taken. Students who arrive after 8.30am will be signed in late by the Attendance Officer and a lunchtime detention will be given for that day. If your child arrives after the register has closed at 8.45am, this becomes unauthorised until such time as a reason is given.
Our Attendance Officer is Mrs Sue Thackway. She will answer any queries you have about attendance and offer help with attendance problems. It is vital that you contact her as soon as possible if you think your child is having attendance problems. Her contact details are Telephone 01392 204764 Ext 234 or you can contact her by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to help. You will be sent a registration certificate with your child’s full report. This will show all attendance information, including percentage attendance.