Attendance

Our target for every pupil is that over the whole year they achieve 97% attendance, that is no more than 5 days off in a year. The average national attendance is 96%, the equivalent of 7 days absence in a year. The following table shows the number of days off for each equivalent %.

As a school we are working very hard to make sure children do not have gaps in their understanding particularly in maths and literacy. Parents are reminded that they should not book holidays in term time as this has a significant effect on a child's progress.

%

Days Absent

85

29 days off

86

27 days off

87

25 days off

88

23 days off

89

21 days off

90

19 days off

91

17 days off

92

15 days off

93

13 days off

94

11 days off

95

9 days off

96

7 days off

97

5 days off

98

4 days off

99

2 days off

100

0 days off

 

Absence  During Term Time

As Executive Head Teacher I am unable to authorise absence unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Exceptional circumstances include, for example, occasions where the timing of an event is outside of your control, such as a family wedding or funeral.  Exceptional circumstances are events that are not going to occur again.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, family holidays do not meet this criteria.

If there are exceptional circumstances, parents are asked to meet with the Executive Head Teacher, or write, giving a full explanation of the exceptional circumstances and provide evidence to support your application.  I will then write to you to tell you whether the absence can be authorised.

As a school we follow the Northumberland County Council Policy and guidelines.  Ten or more unauthorised sessions (5 days) may incur a  penalty notice and fine will then be issued.

As a school we are working extremely hard to improve the educational experience for children in our school and to maximise their progress and leaning.  We ask that you continue to support us by ensuring that your children are in school during term time.

Requests for Absence from School in Exceptional Circumstances and Penalty Notices

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).

An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Executive Head Teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.

Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.

Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.

If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.  This fines are applicable to both parents.