If Learners are to get the greatest benefit from their education in school, it is important that they have good attendance and arrive punctually. As learners grow and prepare for their next stages of education and employment they need to see good attendance and punctuality as important qualities that are valued by others and employers. We will do all that we can to encourage good attendance and punctuality. Where learners are not conforming to our high expectations for attendance and punctuality we will put into place effective strategies to bring about improvement.
Reducing absence and persistent absence is a vital and integral part of school’s work
Term Time Holidays
Parents do not have a right to take their children out of school during term time. Head teachers may not grant any absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances, e.g. parent restricted to annual leave or a member of armed forces.
Families must request permission from the Head teacher before taking their children on holiday (In-writing).
Before granting a request for a holiday in term time the Head teacher will consider the reason for request, the time of year and the duration of the leave of absence, the child’s attendance record and the child’s ability.
Consequences of unauthorised holidays
The possibility of a penalty notice being issued (to each parent for each child)
The possibility of losing the school place, and the likelihood of being re-admitted to the school
The possibility of prosecution under section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for repeat offences of unauthorised holidays.
At Carlinghow Princess Royal School, it may be considered appropriate to issue a penalty notice in the following circumstances-:
Arrangements for payment will be detailed on a penalty notice. Payment of a penalty notice within 21 days will be £60 per parent/per child and payment after that time but within 28 days is £120.Non-payment of a Penalty Notice will result in the withdrawal of the notice and will trigger the fast-track prosecution process under the provisions of Section 444, 1996 Education Act If permission for any part of the absence is not requested or a child does not return to school after leave of absence they could lose their place in the school. This would mean the child would have to start a new school.
Education Act 1996
The Education Act 1996 states that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16 yrs) receive a suitable full-time education. It is the responsibility of the LA to ensure that parents meet these responsibilities. Attendance enforcement is usually carried out by the Attendance & Pupil Support Service who provides an important link between schools and families. The school is required to inform the Attendance & Pupil Support Service if a pupil fails to attend regularly or has been absent for a continuous period of ten days and the absence is treated as unauthorised. Heads can, of course, notify the Attendance & Pupil Support Service earlier if there are areas of concern.
This school will do all it can to ensure that learners come happily, willingly and punctually to school to ensure that all gain the greatest possible value from their education.
Signature: _____________________________ Headteacher Date: ______________