Attendance & Absence
Regular and punctual attendance in school is extremely important in order that a child can make optimum progress. From September 2013, The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 and prohibits schools from granting leave of absence to a pupil, including for a family holiday, except where the request is deemed to be in “exceptional circumstances”. This in turn meant that Staffordshire Local Authority amended its Code of Conduct which sets out how these changes are implemented and its use of penalty notices (fines) to ensure that the highest standards of attendance are promoted.
The LA Code of Conduct was reviewed the following year to include some significant changes with regard to issuing of penalty notices. A further review took place in the summer of 2016 following certain high profile court cases.
Please CLICK HERE for a summary of the stance taken by the school, the Mid-Trent Multi Academy Trust and the Local Authority.
A ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form can be obtained HERE or from the school office and should be completed in full including details explaining the exceptional circumstances. As much notice as possible should be given. Applications are then considered by the headteacher and Governing Body (if applicable).
If your child is absent from school due to illness, please telephone the office on the first day of absence. A written note should then be sent into school, on your child’s day of return, briefly explaining the reason for the absence.
Every effort should be taken to ensure your child arrives at school on time. Arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of the session without satisfactory reason may be classed as unauthorised absence. Late arrivals should report to the school office for the register to be updated. Any parent experiencing difficulty with any aspect of their child’s attendance should contact the school.