Absence and First Call
Request for Leave of Absence
It is the school’s view that every day in school is important in achieving a child’s full potential. Therefore, it is not acceptable for children, regardless of which year group they may be in, to miss school as a result of holiday in term time. School holidays (12 weeks per year) are there to enable families to spend quality time together. Term time is for learning. If a family needs to request absence in term-time then an ‘Application for Leave of Absence Form’ must be completed at least two weeks before the leave date. This form is available from the School Office.
The Headteacher will not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances,’ restricting it to absences for events such as weddings and funerals of immediate family members. No leave will be authorised if the child’s attendance is less than 95%.
Please note that absences for holiday (any or part) and/or events at sibling’s schools, shopping trips or birthdays are not acceptable. Holidays taken without the permission of the Headteacher and the Governing Body may result in legal action being taken against each parent.
Dental and Medical Treatments
Whilst the school will grant requests for absence for dental and medical treatments, parents/carers are encouraged, whenever possible, to book medical and dental appointments outside of the school day. When appointments during school hours are unavoidable, the school office should be notified in advance in writing, of the date and time of the appointment and when the child will be collected and/or returned to school. Evidence of the appointment may be requested.
It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to inform the school by 9.30am if a child will be absent for any reason. This communication can be via email, phone call, letter or in person at the School Office. Parents of children who are not accounted for in our registers or no communication has been received to explain absence, will be contacted to determine the child’s whereabouts in the morning of the first absence.