It is essential that your child attends school every day.
If your child is ill, please telephone the school office (01827 213990) and let us know before 9:00am on each day of absence. If we do not receive a message, we will text / call you to make sure your child is safe at home.
The Local Authority's Educational Welfare Officer regularly visits school to check on attendance and will follow up all concerns and any absences that are unaccounted for. Failure to send your child to school may result in legal proceedings.
If possible, medical and dental appointments should be made out of school hours, but we appreciate that this is not always possible.
Attendance marks are given for being in school. Medical appointments, illness and holidays / leave of absences are recorded as absences.
Attendance Policy Mercia Trust here.
CHANGES TO THE LAW REGARDING LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL DURING TERM-TIME
Ensuring your child has access to a good education is very important to us.
A key part of this is for all children and young people to regularly attend school, as this gives each learner the best chance to achieve their full potential. In light of the recent Isle of Wight Court case and the subsequent Court ruling on school absences, we wanted to clarify our position for parents where there may be the potential for any ambiguity and to also ensure we are fully compliant with legal requirements.
As a result, we have made a few changes to our previous guidance to schools, parents and carers regarding absences from school. The new guidance will come into force from 1st January 2018 and is detailed below:
Penalty Notice for leave of absence (holiday) in term time.
From 1st January 2018 any period of unauthorised leave may result in you as a parent receiving a penalty notice fine. Your head teacher will continue to be the only person able to authorise leave in term time. but this will apply only in exceptional circumstances. Any unauthorised absence will be referred by your head teacher to the local authority.
Penalty Notice for persistent lateness
Previously a pupil had to achieve 20 unauthorised late marks before a penalty notice warning could be issued. This has now changed to 10 marks, and late marks do not have to be one after the other in order for the penalty notice to be issued. You are therefore encouraged where possible to ensure your child attends school on time. However, if your child is late you must inform the school of the reason(s) why, as they may be able to offer you some form of advice or support.
Period of time used to measured persistent absence and lateness
If your child has had 10 days unauthorised absence or is late 10 times over a twelve week period, you may receive a penalty warning notice and also potentially a fine.
These changes have been agreed with local head teachers and have been implemented to help promote and support good attendance to school. Further details and a copy of the revised Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices can be obtained from the council's website www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education
The vast majority of children and young people in Staffordshire have an excellent record of school attendance, and we recognise the efforts of so many parents to ensure their children attend school regularly.
The Local Authority will continue to take appropriate action for absences during term time when we are notified by head teachers, both to support them in their role and to ensure local children can continue to achieve the best possible outcome from attending local schools.
The Local Authority will continue to monitor all unauthorised absences from school and will challenge parents who fail to meet their legal obligations.
Thank you for your support in this matter by avoiding taking your child(ren) out of school during term time.