All requests for absence during term time need to be completed on an exceptional absence request form and handed into the school office at least two weeks in advance. Parents will then be contacted explaining if the Headteacher is giving permission for the absence (an “authorised absence”), or explaining why the request is not being authorised.
Authorised absences are when children are absent through illness or family circumstances, about which parents have informed the school and the school has agreed. Absences for other reasons must receive the Headteacher’s permission otherwise they will be recorded as unauthorised. All requests for absence and the reply are kept in our attendance monitoring file. If a request is not received in time, it may mean that the absence is recorded as unauthorised in the register.
Current law now requires us to note on the child’s record any unauthorised absences. Attendance rates are published and the information forms part of the league table of schools.
If any parent/carer would like to discuss any issues relating to attendance, please contact the Headteacher – Karen Law.