If you suspect that your child may be missing school, is unhappy at school or if you have any concerns you should contact the school as soon as possible. Our Student Welfare Officer can work with you to resolve any difficulties.
Regular attendance at school is vital for children as it promotes good learning, positive attitudes and maintains continuity in their education and friendships.
For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential, as the below facts show:
If your child attends school 100% they will be able to make the best of all the opportunities available to them.
Children who have very good attendance are more likely to gain 5 or more A-C GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
95-100% attendance – Very Good
If your child’s attendance is below expectations for their entire school career, they will have missed over one year’s education!
91.1% attendance = missing 17 days of school in one year.
Missing 17 days a year also means dropping 1 GCSE grade (on average)
90 – 94% attendance – Below Expectations
Children with poor attendance are less likely to gain 5 A*-C GCSEs.
82.1% attendance = missing 34 days of school in one year.
Poor attendance will have a serious impact on education, work ethic and life chances.
Under 90% Attendance – Poor, Attendance Officer Involvement
The law is tough if it’s decided that you allowed your child to miss school (or ‘truant’) regularly. Truancy is best tackled together by parents and school staff. If you suspect your child has not gone to school, or are having problems with your child’s school attendance, then please contact the school straight away and ask for help.
Holidays in Term Time
Recent changes to guidance issued to accompany the Education Regulations 2006 make it clear that parents/carers do not have a legal right to take their child out of school for holidays in term time.
Applications for leave must be in exceptional circumstances. Any requests should be made at least two weeks in advance using the ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form. If the school refuses a request for term-time leave and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence.
Warning – If parents/carers take their child(ren) out of school without permission they will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may refer the matter to the Education Welfare Service who may decide to prosecute. A conviction may result in a fine of up to £2,500, a prison sentence of up to 3 months or both. Alternatively a penalty notice may be issued under Section 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996. This carries a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days. Failure to pay the penalty notice may result in court action.
The Law classifies your daughter/son as a persistent absentee if their attendance is below 90%.
When your child’s attendance falls below 90% you will be contacted by the Student Welfare Officer. We will look for patterns and reasons for absence, and make you aware of the number of absences and the importance of attendance. Any child who accumulates 10 unauthorised sessions out of 100 could result in an official attendance referral being opened to the Student Welfare Officer, which is the first step in the prosecution process. This is a legal requirement.
If there are attendance concerns about your child, then further medical evidence can be requested (eg, doctor’s note, prescription or appointment card). The Head teacher retains the right to not authorise absence without medical evidence.
For further help or advice on your child’s school attendance, please contact the Student Welfare Officer
Absence Forms are available to download from here