Good attendance is important for children to achieve the best outcomes in school. There is research to show that there is a correlation between attendance and exam results. Children should come to school every day unless they are too ill. Where a child's absence becomes an issue, due to illness, the school will ask for evidence from a medical practitioner before they condone the absence.
Where there is evidence of significant medical reasons affecting their attendance the school will do its best to support learning until the child is well enough to return to school.
Where parents want to take their child(ren) out of school during term, the parent must apply to the school in advance. Leave can only be approved for exceptional circumstances. Family holidays, weddings and family get-togethers are not exceptional circumstances according to the regulations.
Where leave has not been granted by the school the family could be fined by the Local Authority. The penalty is a set amount per child, per week of absence, per parent.
I have included a letter explaining current position regarding absence, our Attendance Policy and a poster showing individual roles and their responsibility regarding attendance.