Attendance - Holidays
Our school firmly believes that good attendance is very closely linked to good attainment, good behaviour and settled, happy children.
The national average attendance level is 96%. Over the last academic year (2016/17) our school attendance level was 94.6%.
Leave of Absence in Term Time
The Government has introduced some significant changes to attendance regulations for pupils at school from September 2013. The most important of these is in relation to term-time leave of absence.
“Evidence shows that children with poor attendance are unlikely to succeed academically and are more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) when they leave school”.
“If children are taken away for a two week family holiday every year and have an average number of days off for sickness and appointments, they will have missed the equivalent of a year off school by the time they are sixteen”.
“There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement”. (Improving Attendance at School- Charlie Taylor pub. DfE 2012)
If you think you have exceptional circumstances for which to request an absence, please ask at the office for the relevant holiday form. On this form you will be required to detail these circumstances. If exceptional circumstances are accepted the Headteacher will determine how much absence will be authorised.
Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis.
We understand that holidays are generally less expensive during term time but this does NOT count as an Exceptional Circumstance.
We greatly appreciate parental support to reduce the total amount of days lost due to holidays. We are committed to working in partnership with you to enable your child to reach their academic targets and to support their social development and for this to happen we need to keep individual attendance as high as possible and we all need to play our part.
Your child’s progress academically as well as socially is our shared priority.
Be aware: Holidays which are unauthorised should not be taken. If they are taken, parents are in breach of their legal duty to ensure that their child attends school full time and may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution through the courts.