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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.

What is good Attendance?

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.

What to do if my child is absent?
  • 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.
Holidays in Term Time.

Taking holidays in term time will affect your son / daughter's schooling as much as any other absence. We ask all parents not to book holidays during term time. Remember that any savings you may make by taking holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child's education.

There is no automatic entitlement in law for time off in school time to go on holiday.

All applications for leave must be made in advance and in writing to the headteacher. A maximum of 10 days in any academic year may be authorised. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any previous pattern of leave in term time.

Holidays will not be authorised in the following situations:

  1. When a pupil is just starting school. This is very important as your son / daughter needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.
  2. Immediately before and during assessment periods or any other public examination.
  3. When a pupils attendance record already includes any level of unauthorised absence.
  4. Where a pupil's attendance rate is already below 92% or will fall to or below that level as a result of taking holidays in term time.
Religious Observance in Term Time.

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.

Emergency closure eg snow days/pandemic

It is extremely rare for the school to shut for emergencies such as snow. If in doubt please listen to Radio Lancashire for an update. Please do not phone the school. If you have not heard otherwise we will expect all pupils to be in school. Absence will not be authorised if the school is open.

Fearns is committed to helping your child to achieve their full potential. Please support us in ensuring that they understand the importance of attendance.