Our Attendance officer, Mrs J Hodgetts works alongside the Headteacher to promote high expectations for attendance across the school. She works supportively with families through informal face-to-face conversations, phone calls, sending letters and meetings to ensure at least expected levels of attendance (96% or more) for all of our pupils.
The government has set the persistent absence percentage at 90% and all schools/academies have to show that they have a robust system in place to track and support any attendance that falls below this level.
Teachers monitor the attendance in their class carefully and any concerns are referred directly to the Attendance Officer. If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, you must contact the school on the first day of absence to inform us. Please then remain in contact, daily, while your child is absent from school.
There may be a time when you feel that you need to request leave for your child during term time. If this is the case, please contact 01562 745558 for guidance about whether the circumstances are exceptional. You will be required to complete a Holiday Form.
Please be advised that in line with the government’s plea to parents to not take children out of school during term time, we do encourage parents to book family holidays during the 13 weeks of school holidays. Headteachers may not grant leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means that, unless such exceptional circumstances exist, all absence for holiday or similar reasons will be unauthorised in line with our school Attendance Policy.
Please find below a link to Worcestershire County Council where you will find further information regarding school absence. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Worcestershire County Council - Absence from School.
Parents are legally responsible for ensuring their children receive education in accordance with section 7 of the Education Act 1996 and if on a school roll that they regularly attend school.
This means that children must:
· arrive at school on time
· attend regularly
· be suitably clothed
· and be in a condition to learn.
All children between the ages of 5 and 16 (compulsory school age) are required, by law, to attend the school at which they are registered. Legal action can be taken if it is considered that a parent or carer is not fulfilling their parental responsibility to ensure their child receives a full time education.
Failure to ensure regular attendance may result in the matter being placed before the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996. Penalties can include fines up to £2,500 for each parent, consideration of a parenting order or a period of imprisonment.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced penalty notices as an additional sanction to address the problem of poor school attendance. This means that for pupils with unauthorised absence from school (ie. any absence that the school has not given permission for) their parents or carers may be subject to a fine of up to £60 per parent for each child (increases to £120 if not paid within 21 days).
For more information from the Government, please visit the following website: Department of Education (DfE) Behaviour and attendance
It is very important that you speak with the school at the earliest opportunity if you have any problems securing your child's attendance. The school and the Education Welfare Service will give you advice and support to help you fulfil your responsibility to secure improvement in your child's attendance.