Excellent attendance and punctuality are expected of all pupils. They are essential for children to fulfil their potential at school.
Pupil absences must be explained either by letter, telephone or in person by a responsible adult. Unexplained absences are classed as unauthorised and are followed up. If a child is late for school on a regular basis a late letter is sent to keep the parent/guardian informed - this will come from the office. Persistent lateness will be followed up by the school.
Leave of absence for pupils during term time for any reason is actively discouraged. Requests for such absences must be made in writing to the Headteacher and permission will only be given in very exceptional circumstances.
Parents/Carers must ask permission for their child to be absent during term time, and it is at the Head Teacher’s discretion to decide whether or not the absence will be authorised.
The Head Teacher may authorise leave during term time for exceptional circumstances only; for example a funeral. Parents will be asked to provide evidence of the exceptional circumstance.
If leave is taken without permission, or no application is made, parents/carers risk being issued with a Penalty Notice or being prosecuted upon their return.