This is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence or later arrival, disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class.
Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
Whenever possible make all medical appointments at the end of the school day, outside school hours or in the school holidays. Where unavoidable, leave for medical or dental appointments may be authorised where confirmation has been received from the parents (either in person, in writing, by telephone call or on production of an appointments card).
If an appointment is made in school time your child should come to school first and/or return after their appointment. Please be aware that the absence or illness of a pupil should NOT affect the education of their siblings. If a pupil has an appointment (particularly at the beginning or end of the school day) arrangements should be made to ensure that the other sibling is either dropped off or collected from school on time.
Holidays and Leave requests in term time
As of the 1st September 2013 there is no longer the facility for Headteacher’s to authorise holidays in term time.
The DFE Website states:-
You have to get permission from the Head Teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. You can only do this if:
- you make an application to the Head Teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
- there are exceptional circumstances
It’s up to the Head Teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
Any absences due to ‘exceptional circumstances’ have to be requested in advance. Click this link to the Hampshire County Council ‘Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances’ form. The form is and also available from the School Office.
Please note that family holidays do not count as exceptional circumstances and will not be authorised.
As stated in Hampshire’s code of conduct if a child has had 10 or more half-day sessions (equivalent to five school days) in any 10 school week period; or one or more unauthorised absences during a public exam, assessment or test (where the dates have been issued) a penality notice will be issued.
Click here to read the Information on Penalty Notices for non-attendance at school Advice for parents and carers. A copy of the leaflet is also available from the school office.