Ensuring regular attendance at school is a parent/carer’s legal responsibility (Section 7 Education Act 1996) and permitting absence from school that is not authorised by the school creates an offence in law.
We request that parents:
- inform the school on the first day of absence;
- inform the school of any planned absences well in advance;
- support the school with their child in aiming for excellent attendance each year;
- make sure that any absence is clearly accounted for by telephone or e.mail on the first and subsequent days of absence, or by letter if a phone is unavailable;
- avoid taking their child out of school for non-urgent medical or dental appointments;
- only request leave of absence if it is for an exceptional circumstance.
It is important to be on time at the start of the morning and afternoon lessons. The start of school is used to give out instructions or organise work. If children are late they can miss time with their class teacher getting vital information, cause disruption to the lesson for others, and it can be embarrassing leading to possible further absence.
- The school day begins at 8.50 a.m. and all pupils are expected to be in school at this time. Morning registration is staggered between 8.35 a.m. and 8.50 a.m. A child will be registered late in the morning if they arrive after 8.50 a.m., the scheduled start of the day.
- Registration closes at 9 a.m. Arrival after the close of registration will be marked as unauthorised absence and coded U in line with the Department of Education guidance. This mark shows them to be on site, but is legally recorded as an unauthorised absence;
- All lateness is recorded daily. This information will be required by the courts, should a prosecution for non-attendance or lateness be necessary;
- If a pupil is late due to a medical appointment, they will receive an authorised absence, coded M. Please be advised that, where possible, all non-emergency appointments should be made outside of school hours or during school holidays.