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Did you know that if a child misses 5 days every term, for every year they are supposed to be at school, this adds up to an entire year of lost schooling?

Please do not let our children waste their potential.  If your child is not in school then we cannot teach them!

We expect all pupils to attend school, punctually and in good health, every day. Children who attend regularly benefit in the short and long term. They stay on top of their education and learn how to get on with people better.

As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure that your child gets a full-time education between the ages of 5 and 16 years old. You can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for 3 months if your child has a poor attendance record. If you are prosecuted and convicted, you will have a criminal record. You could also be given a Parenting Order which means that you have to attend a parenting class. If you are experiencing difficulties then please do not hesitate to make an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher. We are only too pleased to offer support and help if it assists better attendance. Parents who take an active interest in their children’s education and learning, and who make it known to their child that they must go to school, will find that any excuses will soon disappear!

We do understand that there will be times when your child cannot come to school e.g. if they are genuinely too unwell to attend school, but taking time off for holidays and birthdays is not acceptable. Although booking holidays during term time may be financially attractive, your child will be missing vital pieces of information in their education which could mean that some later learning will be too difficult for them to understand – is it really worth saving a few pounds but disadvantaging your child? The school will consider issuing a Penalty Notice to each parent for every child taken out of school for a holiday during term time. The penalty is £60 if paid within 21 days of the date of issue, rising to £120 if paid between the 22nd and 28th days after date of issue. This is in accordance with the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. Failure to comply with the penalty notice could render you liable to prosecution. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly as, of course, our school wishes to maintain excellent links with parents. However, our responsibility is to ensure that every child has access to the full provision that is on offer and this cannot be taking place if the child is away from school. The school authorises one day for Religious Observance.

Sickness Children should remain at home if they are unwell. After diarrhoea and sickness a minimum of twelve hours without symptoms should elapse before returning to school. All absences should be notified to the office by telephone on the first day. A letter of explanation should be returned with your child on return to school. Please note that this letter does not mean the absence is authorised.

Excellent attendance is awarded each term and annually with the presentation of 100% attendance certificates. There is a weekly celebration in each key stage with the best attendance.

All parents are advised to read our Attendance Policy, available on this website.

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