It is vitally important that children attend school, as good attendance helps children to develop academically, socially and emotionally.
As a school we have set a target of 96.1% attendance, which is in line with the National Standard. The class with the highest attendance each week receives a star on the chart and when they receive 10 stars they have an activity afternoon of their choice. There are also extra prizes and certificates available at the end of each term for those achieving or exceeding our attendance target. We have also joined forces with NUFC which rewards improving attendance.
Please help us to help your child by encouraging regular school attendance. Regular attendance helps children to develop confidence and to make lasting friendships. Children who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely to become isolated from their friends, underachieve and/or become involved in anti-social behaviour.
School attendance is central to raising standards in education and ensuring all children can fulfil their potential and we expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Under section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education.
All children of statutory school-age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend that school regularly. Any absence from school can seriously disrupt a pupil’s continuity of learning and have a detrimental effect on their future progress. Regularly taking time off school for family holidays and events can have a significant impact on a child’s achievement. The law requires that all schools have an attendance register that records which pupils are present at the start of both the morning and afternoon sessions of the school day. This register will also indicate whether an absence was ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’. National codes enable the school to record and monitor attendance and absence in a consistent way that complies with regulations.
An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from school without the permission of both the school and a parent. Therefore the absence is unauthorised if a child is away from school without good reason, even with the support of a parent.
Department of Education Attendance Regulations, from September 2013, dictated that Head Teachers should only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a Head Teacher grants a leave of request, it will be for the Head Teacher to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. Leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. While Leave of Absence may be granted during term time, it is entirely at the Head Teacher’s discretion and it is not a parental right.
If a parent removes their child from school without requesting a leave of absence or without authorisation from the Head Teacher, the parent will be informed in writing that a referral is being made to the Local Authority requesting a Penalty Notice be issued.
A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if the Notice is paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period, the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies. Where there is more than one child, each parent may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child.