Good attendance promotes our pupil’s welfare and safeguarding and positively impacts on their learning and progress.
It is a parent/carers responsibility to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school; therefore, it is important that we have your support in ensuring good attendance and punctuality.
Our aim is to work in partnership with parents/carers and to keep you well informed. As part of this process you will receive a termly attendance report informing you of your child’s level of attendance and, where we have any concerns, we will invite you into school to discuss the matter in more detail and offer support where appropriate.
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Reasons for Absence
If your child is absent from school, for any reason, it is important that you inform the school office before 9.00am on the morning of first day of absence. The school has a statutory obligation to provide a reason for absence.
If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, to avoid the illness spreading further throughout the school, we would ask that they do not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. This is in line with Health Protection Agency guidance.
Term Time Leave of Absence
From September 2013 the Department for Education amended the regulations surrounding holidays in term time. The new amendments made clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. In light of the legislation, it has been agreed by Governors that absence requests to go on holiday or attend weddings are not considered exceptional circumstances and will therefore not be authorised.
For all other request the school adopts the following criteria/definition of ‘exceptional’ circumstances:
‘The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short. By ‘unavoidable’ we mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.’
All requests for leave during term time must be made in writing to the Headteacher. Parents need to show how the request for absence meets the criteria for exceptional circumstances. The final decision rests with the Headteacher.
Fixed Penalty Notices
From September 2014, Sunderland City Council will be implementing the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences from school, where such absence meets the criteria. The criteria for issuing FPNs are contained in the Sunderland Local Code of Conduct, accessible using the following link http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8415. The letter sent by the school refusing an application for term time leave is regarded as a formal warning. If parents/carers then take the decision to remove their child, the school will request the Local Authority to consider issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice.