Why regular attendance is important?
Pupils who fail to attend regularly experience educational and social disadvantage at school and their future life prospects can be impaired. They can also be at risk of drifting into anti-social and criminal behaviour. Pupil absence can also disrupt teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same learning environment.
To ensure your child reaches his / her full potential it is very important that you make sure your child attends regularly and punctually.
Whilst any child may be off school because they are ill, sometimes they can be reluctant to attend school. Any problems with regular attendance are best resolved through close communication between the school, the parent and the child. Once we know that your child is having problems we will try to resolve them.
95% attendance is seen as a good level of attendance. If your child has an attendance rate below 95% please ensure that everything possible is done to improve it. Unless there are exceptional circumstances anything below 90% becomes a concern and pupils will be closely monitored by the school attendance team. You may be invited in for a formal meeting with the school. Pupils whose attendance does not subsequently improve may be referred to Children's Social Care for intervention. A Social Worker would then be appointed to assist and liaise with the young person and family to investigate the options available.
- Telephone the school office before 10.00am on the first day of absence.
- If your child is going to be away from school for more than 3 days please send a written note to the school office on the third day of absence to tell us what is wrong.
- Send a note to school on your child's return to school.
- Alternatively you can use Parent Portal INSIGHT to tell us about planned and historical absenses.
As of 1st September 2013 Headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time unless they are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to warrant the granting of leave.
There is no entitlement in law for time off in school time to take leave of absence. All applications for leave must be made in advance and in writing to the Headteacher. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually. The school must follow government guidance on this matter.
Fixed Penalty Notices
10 sessions (half days) of unauthorised absence in a term or 14 in 2 terms will result in parents/carers being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). These notices may be used in a range of situations where unauthorised absence occurs including:
- Holidays in term time or excessive delayed return from an extended holiday without prior permission.
Any unauthorised absence which exceeds 4 school days is now liable for a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £120 per child, per parent, or £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days.
The school will authorise absence that is due to religious observance, but the day must exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body.
The school may only allow one day of authorised absence under these circumstances. All requests for leave due to religious observance must be made in advance and in writing to the headteacher.
It is extremely rare for the school to shut for emergencies such as snow. If in doubt please listen to Radio Lancashire and check the school website for updates. Please do not phone the school. If you have not heard otherwise we will expect all pupils to be in school. Absence may not be authorised if the school is open.
In the rare event that the decision is made to close during the school day we will send out a text to parents and all pupils will be given the opportunity to contact their parents. Where contact has not been possible, pupils will be assured that they can remain in the school dining room (or alternative safe place) with staff supervision.