Attendance and Punctuality
Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. All pupils are expected to arrive at school before 08.40 when Registration begins. Please see our policy below on Attendance. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact our Attendance Officer, Mrs Sarah Thornton on 01295 264216. An absence request form can be found below.
On September 1 2013 a new law took effect which does not allow parents to take their children out of school for holidays in term time.
Exert taken from the Department of Education website:
We have amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 to remove references to family holiday and to make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This amendment will come into effect on 1 September 2013.
Where a pupil’s absence is unauthorised, such as where a child is taken on holiday during term time without the school’s permission, currently the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 set out that each parent can be fined £60 if it is paid within 28 days, rising to £120 if paid between 29 to 42 days.
Amendments to the 2007 regulations reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. From 1 September 2013, parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. Full payment discharges the parent from any prosecution.