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School starts at 8.55am.  The teachers will open the doors at 8.50am for children to say goodbye to their parents and walk into school, ready for learning at 8.55am.

 

Registration closes at 9.25am.  Any children who are late after this time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

 

In September 2013, the Government introduced some significant changes to attendance regulations for pupils at school. The regulations will continue to apply during this academic year. The most important of these is in relation to term-time leave of absence. The amendments set out in Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, govern all requests for leave within term time.  When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school are obliged to act within the law.

 

The amended regulations removed references to ‘holiday’ and ‘extended leave’, as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days. It is now clear that Headteachers may not grant

any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If the leave is granted, Headteachers are able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for. The Government has not defined ‘exceptional circumstances’ as referred to in the 2013 regulations. It is for the Headteacher to decide what he/she views as exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted.

 

Leave of absence which is taken for the following reasons will not be authorised:

• Availability of cheaper holidays.

• Availability of desired accommodation.

• Poor weather experienced in school holidays.

• Overlap with beginning or end of term.

• Booked the wrong dates by mistake.

• Booked by another family member.

• Attending a wedding that is not immediate family.

• Family birthdays.

• Unable to take a holiday in school holidays due to work commitments.

 

The school can only consider Leave of Absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent. Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits. Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

 

Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s). 

 

It is important to note: Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each parent of each absent child, (for example 2 children and 2 parents, means each parent will receive 2 invoices in the amount of £120 each, totalling £240 for both children, this is reduced to £60 per child if paid within 21 days).

 

Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444 Education Act 1996.  Fixed Penalty Notices are issued in accordance with Warwickshire County Council’s Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices. 

 

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. For this to

happen we need to keep individual attendance as high as possible - we all need to play our part. Your child’s progress academically as well as socially is our shared priority.

 

THE SCHOOL TARGET THIS YEAR IS 97.8% ATTENDANCE FOR ALL PUPILS. 

 

OUR ATTENDANCE LEVEL FOR 2013-14 WAS 97.4%

OUR ATTENDANCE LEVEL FOR 2014-15 WAS 97.2%

OUR ATTENDANCE LEVEL FOR 2015-16 WAS 97.5%

 

OUR STANDARDS ARE IMPROVING YEAR ON YEAR SO EVERY LESSON CLEARLY COUNTS!

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