The expectation of the Government Local Authority and the school is that pupils will attend school every day unless they are ill. Leave during term time is not allowed except in exceptional circumstances. the information below is an extract from our full attendance policy which can be viewed using this link.
LONG TERM or EXTENDED ABSENCE
Children who are absent long term for medical reasons have work arranged for them and if necessary further arrangements are made with EIS
Absence for holidays outside the school closure periods is not allowed Any foreseeable absence must be agreed with the Headteacher. Applications for leave are expected to be made in advance of the booking flight tickets. Parents meet with the Headteacher to ascertain reasons and look at possible alternative arrangements for pupils, with a view to them maintaining their education at school. A request from is completed and parents and Headteacher discuss the details. If leave is authorised, work will be set which is to be completed and brought back to the school on return.
CRITERIA FOR AUTHORISING LEAVE
In September 2013, in amendments to school attendance regulations the Government make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances at Spring Hill school means Death in the immediate family where this is not local Serious, life threatening illness in the immediate family where this is not local. There is no automatic right for parents to take children out of school in term time.
A maximum of ten days will be authorised in these instances if the following criteria are met.
- The pupil must have at least 95% average over the time they have been in the school. Absence due to severe medical conditions or extreme circumstances will be taken into consideration.
- Pupils in the first term of Foundation Stage, in Year 2 or Year 6 will not be granted authorised leave. Pupils must be in the Spring or Summer term, or in Year 1 Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 at the time leave is taken.
- Leave may only be requested once in any Key Stage.
Parents of pupils taking unauthorised leave, or not returning from authorised leave at the specified time, may incur penalty notice issued by the authority The notice will specify that for each child, each parent must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions. This was implemented by the L.A. from 1 September 2013, 5 unauthorised leaves in a term will also be notified to the L.A. who may take further action by issuing a fixed penalty notice.
LOSING A PLACE ON THE SCHOOL ROLL
Pupils taking unauthorised leave, or not returning may lose their place on roll.
IIf during an unauthorised leave period a year group becomes full and a place is required for a new pupil, contact with the family will be made. IIf the pupil does not return, the place may be given to the newly arrived pupil. The returning pupil will then need to reapply for a place on roll.
If pupils do not return on the specified date, and contact cannot be made the missing pupils procedure is implemented.