Haytor View Community Primary School is committed to providing a full and quality educational experience for all pupils. We believe that if pupils are to benefit from education, good attendance is crucial. As a school we do all that we can to ensure maximum attendance for all pupils. Any difficulties that prevent full attendance are identified and addressed as speedily as possible.
It is the policy of our school to celebrate achievement. Attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career. Our school will actively promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all our pupils.
Our school will give a high priority to conveying to parents and pupils the importance of regular and punctual attendance. We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and we aim to establish strong home-school links and communication systems, which can be utilised whenever there is concern about attendance.
If there are difficulties which affect a pupil’s attendance we will strive to work in partnership with parents and pupils to resolve those problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will adopt a clearly focused approach aimed at returning the pupil to full attendance at all times.
It is the responsibility of the whole school community to promote regular attendance at school.
THE SCHOOL DAY:
The school register closes at 9.00am, children arriving after this time are marked as an ‘unauthorised absence.’
As from the 1st September 2013, all schools are unable to authorise any requests for absence relating to holidays in term time. This has been brought about by an amendment to the Education (Pupil Registration)(England) Regulations 2006 which has removed reference to holidays and the ten day period.
These changes reinforce the government’s view that every minute of every school day is vital and that pupils should only be granted authorised absence by the school, in exceptional circumstances e.g. illness, exclusions, or due to other unavoidable causes.
Where parents have requested holiday:
- Unless the request can be considered as ‘exceptional circumstances’, the holiday leave will be unauthorised;
- The parent will be contacted to inform them of the policy;
- Where a family has holiday absence, an analysis will be undertaken by the administrative team, of the preceding 6 months attendance to identify whether it falls below 90% and whether there are further unauthorised absences, which includes other unauthorised absences other than holiday. Where this is the case, the Education Welfare Officer will be informed for their consideration as to fixed penalty notice or fast tracking procedures;
Parents are reminded that unauthorised absences may result in the instigation of parental responsibility measures which could be a penalty notice, or a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 3 months.