Leave of Absence Form
It is acknowledged that a great majority of our families ensure that their children attend school regularly. Thank you! Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance.
Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress. The school regards absences as a very serious concern and there is an overwhelming connection between those pupils who are frequently absent and those who on to underachieve in their future.
Parents have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education ‘suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’ Section 7 Education Act 1996. We believe it is essential to regularly remind parents of the importance of good attendance and its links to pupil attainment.
Tips for good school attendance
- Good habits start early in life, so even before your child starts school, establish good routines, such as reading before bedtime and going to bed on time
- If your child is off school, you must let the school know why and tell them when they can expect your child back
- Make all appointments for the doctor, dentist, optician etc. after school hours or during the school holidays where possible
- Take an active interest in your child’s school work and offer support with homework
- Attend parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress
- Make sure your child understands the benefits of regular attendance at school
- Don’t let your child stay off school for a minor ailment
- Take all holidays during the school holiday periods
We understand that children have minor illnesses e.g. Viruses and infections.
When your child is absent, please e-mail the school office (email@example.com) on the first day of absence before 9.00am. You should include the reason for your child's absence the length of time you are expecting them to be absent. Please also let us know if your child has any Coronavirus symptom.
If no telephone call or email is received, parents will automatically receive a text message asking them to reply stating the reason for absence. Parents can reply to the text message free of charge. If a message or letter is not received when your child returns to school, the absence will be recorded as “unauthorised”.
In the event that your child has had symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, they should not be sent school until at least 48 hours has passed, since the last bout. The same procedure will be expected to be followed should your child be sent home from school for vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
If you are struggling, for any reason, with Attendance or Punctuality issues, please speak to Mrs Brooker our Family Liaison Officer or Mrs Brightman our Attendance Officer in school about what support we may be able to offer you.
School begins at 8.45am. Please can you ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Any child arriving later than 8.45am should enter school via the main entrance reporting to the school office.
Arriving at school on time every day is an important job for parents and children.
Being punctual and ready to work are important life skills that we try to develop in school to equip children for working life.
When your child is late they are rushing and get off to a bad start.
If a child is late 15 minutes every day, that is the equivalent of 95% attendance.
A reminder also to collect your children promptly at the end of the school day.
Leave of Absence During Term Time
Please check school holiday dates – we send them out with the school’s monthly newsletter.
Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking leave during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school. No requests for holidays will be authorised during term time. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to request leave of absence. All such cases should be applied for in writing on the Leave Of Absence Form, please see attached. Parents should request leave of absence in advance and all requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence using the form.