We are required to record all absence and lateness. An absence will be marked as authorised for medical reasons or religious observance. An absence will be marked as unauthorised when a valid reason is not given or does not conform to the above categories.
You can download guidance on how long your child should be absent from school if they are ill from here. This guidance comes from the Health Protection Agency.
Parents are not entitled to take their children on holiday during term time. They can however request special leave of absence which will be authorised for the following reasons:
Penalty notices may be issued to parents whose child has unauthorised absence. Please contact the Headteacher if you require further information. A guidance booklet is available to parents and carers from the school office. Penalty notices are £60 per parent per child, rising to £120 if not paid within 21 days.
It is a requirement in law that all schools must publish the figures of unauthorised absences each year. In many cases where parents have not provided the school with a reason for absence then it will be recorded as unauthorised. For the school year 2014/2015: