If you would like further information regarding attendance at our school, please refer to our Attendance Policy. An Attendance Guide for Parents/Carers can be found on pages 13 & 14.
Why is good attendance important?
Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at school, and to establish positive life habits that are necessary for future success.
Through regular attendance, pupils can:
- Build friendships and develop social groups
- Develop life skills
- Engage in essential learning and other school social events
- Enjoy and celebrate their success
Parents and schools should work together for children to achieve good attendance
What does the law say?
All children of compulsory school age – between 5-16 – must receive a suitable full-time education. As a parent, you must register your child with a school, or make appropriate alternative arrangements.
Once you have registered your child at a school, you are also legally responsible for ensuring that your child attends school regularly. If you fail to do this – even if your child misses school without you knowing – legal action can be taken against you by the Local Authority.
It is an offence to fail to ensure your child attends school regularly.
Absences are only permitted for the valid reasons such as:
- Medical or dental appointments
- Religious observances
- Family bereavement
Wherever possible, parents should always try to arrange medical and dental appointments during school holidays or after school hours.
- Forgetting school term dates
- Absences which have ot been explained
- Arriving at school after the register has closed
- Truancy before or during the school day
- Keeping pupils off school unnecessarily or without explanation
- Day trips or family outings
- Problems with uniform/clothing
- Birthdays and holidays
Holidays During Term Time
- T he school cannot be expected to authorise an absence for a holiday during term time.
- Only in exceptional circumstances may a holiday be authorised during term time – this will be decided by the headteacher.
Exceptional circumstances do not involve cheaper costs, family availability or weather conditions.
- You can be fined if you take your child on holiday during term time without permission from the headteacher.
- A penalty notice may be issued for unauthorised absence.
- Failure to pay a penalty notice will lead to prosecution.
The authorisation of planned absences is at the discretion of the headteacher.
- All absences, including for holidays, must be requested as far in advance as possible – the minimum notice period is 20 days.
If parents/carers are considering applying for a requst of absence, they must seek permission from the Headteacher BEFORE taking their child out of school.
Parents are asked to complete a “absence request form” available from the school office and attach a letter outlining the reason for the request.
The school will confirm in writing within a ten-day period the outcome of the absence request.
If the headteacher is satisfied with the evidence and the notice period, they will authorise the absence.
What happens is an Absence Request is declined?
Where a child’s absence request is denied it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and the school may apply the penalty notice procedure.
Further information on Suffolk County Council’s penalty notice procedures can be found by following this link:
Alternatively, a contract may be drawn up, either internally within the school, or through the Educational Welfare Officer.
All pupils are expected to be in their classrooms at 8.55a.m every day. If they arrive after this time, they will receive a late mark.
If pupils are not in their classrooms by 9.15a.m, they receive an unauthorised absence which can result in a penalty notice.
Good school attendance gives your child the opportunity to achieve.