Attendance Information for Parents
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUAL ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL IS VITAL
Poor attendance = Poor Achievement
What are the rules about attendance?
The law states that parents and carers must ensure that the children they are responsible for are receiving a full-time education. Parents and carers are legally responsible for making sure that their children attend school regularly, on time and stay in school.
The school day is from 8.40am to 3.10pm
Morning Registration is at 8.40am prompt
Lunch break is from 12.20pm to 1pm (12:10pm for Year 7)
Afternoon Registration is at 1pm prompt
What about absences?
It is the responsibility of parents and carers to inform the school if their child is absent:
- An absence for an acceptable reason is authorised
- An absence for an unacceptable reason is an unauthorised absence
- The school follows the Local Authority’s guidelines when it decides which absences to authorise.
- What to do if your child is unable to attend school
- You should only keep your child off school if he/she is genuinely too ill to attend or has to have a medical appointment
- ALL absences have to be recorded
- Telephone the school on the school’s absence line 01926 743217 as early as possible on each day of the absence
- Please send in a written, signed note, or write in your child’s planner and sign it, when your son/daughter returns to school, to explain why they were absent. This will be attached to your child’s record and protects the absence from further action.
You should not keep your child away from school:
- To look after family members
- To go shopping
- To visit relatives
- For a family gathering / wedding
- Because of a birthday
- Because it is bad weather or raining
- Because you or the child got up late
- Because school uniform is in the wash
…as these types of absences will be recorded as unauthorised.
School action for unauthorised absences:
- ALL absences have to be recorded
- If a child accumulates an unacceptable number of unauthorised absences, they may be used for a referral to the Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service who can intervene to ensure a student is receiving their full educational entitlement
- By law unauthorised absences must be recorded on a pupil’s registration certificate.
This could affect their future employment prospects.
What the school will do if your child is absent without notification
Contact you using Groupcall or via telephone as soon as your child is registered as absent without notification (this is for the child’s safety and to let you know they are missing from school).
What the school will do if your child is absent regularly
- Let you know if your child’s attendance or punctuality is a concern and work with you to find ways of improving it
- Set a target for improvement
- Refer cases of frequent or unexplained absences to the Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service
- The Local Authority sets very high targets for attendance – just a few days off school will be enough to put your child below this target.
What about holidays in school time?
Term time holiday or leave of absence can only be approved by a school in exceptional circumstances. If a holiday or leave of absence is taken without this approval the parents may be subject to a significant fine and a criminal record. This would be a very distressing experience that will never occur if arrangements for term time holidays are not made.
The Government issued regulations in September 2013 regarding Leave of Absence; The Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Head teachers shall not grant any Leave of Absence during term time unless they consider there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
- Parents do not have any entitlement to take their children on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must establish that there are exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
- Head Teachers will determine how many school days a child may be absent from school if the leave is granted.
- The school can only consider applications for Leave of Absence which are made by the resident parent.
- Applications for Leave of Absence must be made in advance and failure to do so will result in the absence being unauthorised which may result in legal action against the parent, by Fixed Penalty Notice.
- Applications for Leave of Absence which are made in advance and refused will result in the absence being unauthorised which may result in legal action against the parent, by Fixed Penalty Notice, if the child is absent from school during that period.
- If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and is not paid within the timeframe set out in that Notice, the matter will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal prosecution proceedings under S444 of Education Act 1996.
- Each application for a Leave of Absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.
Detentions for Lateness
Registration is at 8.40am and 1pm prompt:
Punctual arrival at school and for lessons is important
Pupils arriving late for morning registration will be marked as late and will receive a lunchtime detention for 20 minutes on the same day as the lateness. Pupils arriving late for afternoon registration will be given a lunchtime detenton for 20 minutes the day after the lateness. Failure to attend an after-school detention escalates through the school’s detention system
For any detention after school beyond 20 minutes, parents and carers will be notified 24 hours in advance using Groupcall text messaging service. It is therefore important you make sure that we have the correct mobile number at all times.
If you have any queries about attending school, or for more
advice on attendance matters, please contact:
Student Support Office
T: 01926 743217 or 01926 743228
Absence Reporting Line 01926 743217
You can download a copy of our latest Attendance Policy below.