Parents and Carers are legally responsible for ensuring school age children receive a suitable full time education. With only 190 days in the school year, there are 175 days left for holidays, treats and shopping. Taking holidays and other unnecessary absences in term time means your son/daughter will be missing vital elements of their education.
Please note that only a Headteacher can authorise any absence, not the parent or carer. Government Regulations which took effect from 1st September 2013 state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any exceptional circumstances will be discussed case by case but we will need proof that it is not just holiday.
When a pattern of absence begins to cause concern, you will be contacted by a member of staff who will seek to work with you to resolve poor attendance. If a child is absent due to illness or a medical appointment parents should notify the school by close of register. A message can be left on the school’s absence line – Tel. No. 01730 813266. This should be followed up with an email or letter. If no contact is made or explanation provided the absence will be deemed unauthorised.