Dear Parents / Carers
Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally and locally. Missing school damages academic progress; disrupts the learning of your child and the learning of others.
Most parents ensure their children are in school on time every day and do not take holidays during term time. This ensures these children are getting the educational experience they are entitled to and are in a good positon to reach their full potential.
Extended leave during term time seriously affects a child’s long term life opportunities.
Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that:
“If a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly at the school his/her parent(s) are guilty of an offence”. New extended leave guidance brought out in February 2017 requires parents to take extended leave out of term time.
If you decide to take your child on extended leave, you should contact Miss Evans or Miss Mitchell at the school and fill in a Leave in Term request which is available from the office.
Should your request be denied and you still choose to take the leave then the absence will be marked as unauthorised. The Local Authority could issue a Penalty Notice, under section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act. This could result in a £60 fine per parent, per child.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the majority of our families who work really hard to ensure that their child attends school regularly and remind you all of the fabulous incentives we have in place to reward good school attendance and punctuality. If you need a refresher of what these are, then please head to our website where a copy of our latest newsletter will be available to read.
Miss L Evans
The attendance department felt the need to write to all parents regarding children coming to school late and being picked up late. We have many children coming to school late in the morning and it seems to be increasing all the time which is not acceptable. Most of the reasons given are ‘we have overslept’ or ‘had transport issues’. The gates are closed at 8.55am so if you are late for school, you will have to exit via the main office (The Ponderosa).
When a child is late for school regularly this is how much time they miss over the year:
5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost
10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days lost
15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost Quite shocking isn’t it?
20 minutes late each day = 13 days lost
30 minutes late each day = 19 days lost
Things you can do to ensure you and your children are prepared for school so they are not late:
- Ensure your child gets to bed early and you set an alarm to ensure they are up on time in the morning.
- Get their uniforms and lunch box ready the night before.
- Make sure you leave the house in plenty of time in case of transport issues and put your car keys where you can find them the night before.
Please also ensure you pick your children up promptly at 3.15pm. It can be very distressing for children when they are waiting in school to be collected.