Attendance and holiday requests

 

CHILDREN WHO ATTEND SCHOOL MOST REGULARLY TEND TO MAKE THE BEST PROGRESS.

The school defends the fact that parents should know when their children are fit for school. Additionally, the school defends the right for all to spend time on holiday as a family (we acknowledge that this may be cheaper during term time). However, the school takes seriously its responsibility (in law) to monitor every child's attendance, to promote the best attendance and to challenge parents where there are concerns; the school is held accountable for this.

From April 2016, the local authority redefined its role in monitoring attendance and this has placed greater responsibility directly on schools. Where concerns about attendance cannot be resolved by the school, referrals may be made by the school to the local authority. Fixed penalty notices and warning letters are used to address unauthorised absences and/or patterns of absence for which reasons are not valid. The school monitors the attendance of all pupils and reports this directly to parents every half-term.

It is written into law that schools may not grant any leave during term-time except where there are exceptional circumstances: this is quite rare. All Head Teachers in the Ferryhill/Chilton cluster are committed to reinforcing the local authority's protocol for unauthorised absences. Any unauthorised absences of 7 school days or more in any rolling 12 weeks are subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice from the local authority. Unauthorised absences of less than 7 school days may be subject to a Warning Notice. You must complete a 'Holiday Request Form' (downloadable below) in plenty of time before the absence. You will receive a reply from the Head Teacher outlining whether the absence has been authorised or not. Further information may also be found by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE:- Pupils whose attendance drop below 90% are considered to be persistent absentees.

Please contact Mr. Jackson if you have any queries about your child's attendance.

 

An Application for Leave of Absence During Term Time can be downloaded here.