As parents know we expect all students to attend school during term time unless they are ill or there are exceptional circumstances that prevent them from attending. We do not authorise holidays during school time and where parents do request leave for holidays, absences are unauthorised. We also advise parents in the letter that we send in response to this request that they may be fined if they take their child out of school.
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Parents need to be aware that following changes to Staffordshire Attendance Policy the school’s process for implementing penalty notices will change from 20th April 2015 and this will have implications for parents who book holidays during term time.
- The school should be telephoned on 01902 504939 (24hour voicemail) to speak to the Attendance Administrator who is available from 9:00 a.m. onwards. Alternatively you could email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- An absence letter, addressed to the form tutor and signed by the parent, should be sent with your child when they return giving the reason for absence
- Unexplained or unauthorised absences are regarded as truancy
- Medical and other appointments in school time should be avoided if at all possible. If a child has to leave school during the day they MUST sign out and sign back in again on their return. Students require a signed letter from parents/guardian confirming the appointment
Details of the background to the change and implications are explained in the attached letter from Anne Halliday, Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Education and Well Being.