ABSENCE AND LATENESS
If you child is absent please inform the school using the Absence Line: 01904 552211. When children are absent from school it is important that we are informed of the reason as soon as possible, preferably before 8.50am. If you do not call us and your child is absent, we will phone you to check on the absence; this is partly a safeguarding procedure to check that you and your child are safe. Unless we receive a valid explanation from parents, we are obliged by law to record the absence as unauthorised.
When children are absent from school because of unforseen exceptional circumstances, parents are asked to write a letter or email of explanation to the Headteacher..
REQUEST FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE OR FAMILY HOLIDAY
WHAT THE LAW SAYS:
Schools are regularly audited to ensure that they are following government guidelines and policies. The Government amendments make it clear that Headteachers must not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term-time. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term-time without consent from the school.
Schools are not permitted to authorise holiday requests for the following reasons:
WHAT THE HEADTEACHER WILL DO:
In deciding whether to authorise a request for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances, the Headteacher will consider: