The Department for Education’s has changed the guidance on holidays in term time.The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, where there has been a trauma or bereavement in the family.
Should a parent decide to take any leave of absence in term time, this will be unauthorised and a penalty notice may be issued. From September 2013, penalty notices amount to £60 per parent, per child for unauthorised periods of absence and must be paid within 21 days or this will increase to £120 within 28 days
Please put any requests for absence during term time, that are exceptional circumstances, in writing and drop the letter in at the School Office.
Regular and punctual attendance is vitally important to your child's education and progress. We monitor attendance closely. Every day counts! Click here to see how lost days add up!
Attendance rates are continuously monitored and analysis takes place each term. The head teacher and EWO discuss outcomes at regular intervals. Swindon Borough Council considers attendance between 90 and 95% to be irregular attendance. We recognise that a child is classed as being a persistent absentee when their attendance falls below 90%across the academic year. Where there are concerns that a child is at risk of becoming a persistent absentee we will engage in dialogue with the parent/carer and involve the EWO.
The school gates open at 8.20 a.m. and the school day begins at 8.30 a.m. Learning starts as soon as the children enter the classroom with early morning tasks. It is therefore essential that the children arrive promptly and are ready to start the day with their peers. Should children arrive at school after 8.30, then they must enter the building via the School Reception. They will be recorded as late if they arrive once registration has closed.
Look at the document below to see how being late by just a few minutes, adds up across the academic year.