Attendance and absence forms

To give your child the very best chance of reaching their potential, it is essential that they maintain satisfactory attendance at school.  Research shows that there is a clear correlation between attendance and achievement, and if attendance falls below 85%, children really do struggle to keep up with their peers.

If a child is really ill with a very high temperature or sickness, clearly they ought not to be at school. But if a child is slightly under the weather, or a bit tired, it is really worth getting them into school. They will manage to do good learning in spite of not being on top form.

 

Holidays during term time

The school cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and that consideration will be given to pupil’s attendance, attainment and timing of public examinations.

 

Approved absence

We will, of course  approve absence for circumstances such as medical appointments, emergency dentists and visits to new schools.

 

Fines

If a pupil has 10 or more sessions (5 school days) of unauthorized absence (ie holiday), either continuous or cumulative, within the previous six months, the school should inform our Education Welfare Service.  Following this notification from a school the LA may issue a Penalty notice to each parent for each child. This fine is £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

We will write to you if your child reaches 10 sessions (5 school days) of unauthorized absence to remind you of the process.

Please see the leaflet below for more information about the penalty notices.

 

Advising us of planned absence

If you plan for your child to be absent from school at any time, for any reason, please fill in a request form. These are available from the office or on our website.  This means we can ensure the teacher knows your child will be away (verbal messages can be forgotten).

We would also ask that you give us as much notice as possible (at least 10 days where possible) as this allows the teachers to adapt their planning where possible. If we can avoid introducing a new concept when we know a child is going to be away we will.  However, you should be aware that absence from school has a detrimental affect not only the absent child’s learning but the learning of the other children too. To give your child the very best chance of reaching their potential, it is essential that they maintain satisfactory attendance at school. Research shows that there is a clear correlation between attendance and achievement, and if attendance falls below 85%, children really do struggle to keep up with their peers.

 

Leave of Absence Request Form 2017.doc

 

Medical appointment absence form.docx

 

Wiltshire Council Penalty notice for leave of absence during term time