Dear Parents / Carers
Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally and locally. Missing school damages academic progress; disrupts the learning of your child and the learning of others.
Most parents ensure their children are in school on time every day and do not take holidays during term time. This ensures these children are getting the educational experience they are entitled to and are in a good positon to reach their full potential.
Extended leave during term time seriously affects a child’s long term life opportunities.
Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that:
“If a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly at the school his/her parent(s) are guilty of an offence”. New extended leave guidance brought out in February 2017 requires parents to take extended leave out of term time.
If you decide to take your child on extended leave, you should contact Miss Evans or Miss Mitchell at the school and fill in a Leave in Term request which is available from the office.
Should your request be denied and you still choose to take the leave then the absence will be marked as unauthorised. The Local Authority could issue a Penalty Notice, under section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act. This could result in a £60 fine per parent, per child.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the majority of our families who work really hard to ensure that their child attends school regularly and remind you all of the fabulous incentives we have in place to reward good school attendance and punctuality. If you need a refresher of what these are, then please head to our website where a copy of our latest newsletter will be available to read.
Miss L Evans