Parents Guide to School Attendance
School attendance and punctuality are crucial in ensuring that your child gets the most from their education. Good attendance habits established from a young age are developed for life.
As a parent it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time. Failure to do so could result in a referral being made to the Attendance Support Team at Telford & Wrekin Council (link below) which may lead to legal action being taken against you.
What you can do -
Ensure that your child arrives at school on time
Have good routines at bedtime and breakfast times
Encourage and support your child to prepare for school the night before, organising bags and uniforms etc.
Ensure they have all the equipment they will need for the day
Not let your child have days off with minor ailments- particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
Make hospital and dental appointments outside of the school day where possible, when this is not possible it will be necessary to supply a copy of the appointment card/letter.
Avoid taking holidays during the school term.
Complete a leave of absence form in advance, for any planned absence during term-time (available at the school office).
Contact the school office by 9.30am each day that your child is unable to attend school giving a reason for their absence.
Provide school with note to explain any absences from school.
Keep school informed if your child is encountering any problems in school.
What school will do -
Recognise and reward good attendance.
Publish class attendance and punctuality rates in the school newsletter.
Contact you if no reason has been received for your child’s absence.
If your child is away for 3 consecutive days and no reason has been given school will pass this to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) to follow up with you directly.
Will meet with the EWO every 3 weeks to review Attendance and Punctuality, we look at all pupils who fall below 96% attendance.
If your child’s attendance is a concern school will ask the EWO to contact you to establish why your child is not attending school. They may be able to put a support plan in place to help your child attend school regularly and punctually.
If your child’s attendance continues to be a concern it may be necessary to make a referral to Telford and Wrekin Attendance Support Team, who may instigate legal action against you.
Leave of Absence in Term time
The school will not authorise Leave of Absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances which prevents the leave being taken during the 12 weeks school holidays. This meets with Government requirements and Telford and Wrekin’s protocol regarding absence from school during term time.
Should your child need to be absent from school during term time you will be required to complete in advance of the leave a “Request for Leave During Term Time Form”, these are available from the school office. It is at the discretion of the Headteacher, and only in extenuating circumstances would this time be authorised.
In making a decision the Headteacher will take the following into account:-
· The reasons given for the absence/holiday (i.e. the “exceptional” circumstances).
· The time of the year and/or term.
· The stage of education and progress and the effects of the requested absence.
· The child’s previous attendance and punctuality record – including any patterns of absences.
· The nature of the trip.
· Whether the child will miss any preparations for tests/exams.
· Whether the child will miss tests or exams.
Should the leave be taken without authorisation from school it may result in a referral being made to Telford and Wrekin Attendance Support Team who may issue each parent with a Holiday Penalty Notice (HPN). Currently the fine is £60 per parent per child and is required to be paid within 21 days; it rises to £120 per parent per child if paid between 22-28 days. Parents failing to pay the HPN within 28 days will be prosecuted.