Our students aim for 100% attendance
To achieve their best, students must be on time and in school on a school day unless there is a valid reason
- Be on time for registration
- Go straight to lessons and be punctual
Excellent attendance leads to excellent progress and achievements
Arriving late with no reason will mean a detention
- parents/carers to telephone school that morning, (if possible by 9.00am)
- if this is not possible, bring a letter on return, or complete an absence slip in the student planner explaining the absence
If known beforehand that students are going to be away from school, please bring an appointment card or a letter for the Form Tutor giving the reasons and dates
Remember that the Form Tutor and the attendance coordinator will investigate unexplained absences. This can lead to a student being placed on a persistent absence list, involvement with the Educational Welfare Service, £60 fixed penalty fines and ultimately parents being sent to court and fined at least £120.
The Government has changed the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations in relation to term time holidays and that this came into force on 1 September 2013.
As a result, Head Teachers can no longer allow any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means that holidays in term time will not be authorised and will be marked as an unauthorised absence in the school register.
Unauthorised absences may result in a Penalty Notice being issued under the provisions of the Education Act 1996 (as amended) which means that you will be fined for your child’s absence.
Note: Payment of a Penalty Notice (from September 2013), if paid within 21 days, is £60. If you do not pay within 21 days the fine is increased to £120 and you have a further 7 days to make this payment in full.
Non-payment of a Penalty Notice within the total 28-day period could result in the commencement of criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
Please note the following:
- Time out of school means a break in learning, affecting student achievement
- Attendance falls to 85% by taking a two week family holiday in term time
- Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and a holiday would not be considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the DfE have told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.
- Nationally, five million school days were missed in the academic year 2011/ 2012 because of family holidays in term time, which is 10.1 per cent of overall absence in schools. This high level of absence has led the government to make this important change to legislation.
To read the formal letter from Leeds City Council regarding taking time off school in term time click here.