Holy Family School recognises the importance of regular school attendance as a key factor in promoting the welfare, social inclusion and achievement of pupils. We believe that children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless there is an unavoidable reason. The school works alongside parents and the Local Education Authority in promoting regular attendance.
Promoting, recording and monitoring attendance at Holy Family is a priority because:
Parents are responsible for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive efficient full-time education (Section 36, 1944 Education Act). Parents should ensure that their children attend and stay at school.
At Holy Family Catholic Primary School the staff and governors endeavour to support parents in this responsibility by:
providing a comprehensive induction programme for new entrants and parents to help children to come to school willingly with a positive attitude.
Encouraging parents to discuss any attendance related problems with class teacher/head teacher.
Aiming to ensure that the school is bright, clean, warm and welcoming.
Informing parents of any changes in the school routine by newsletter e.g. school trips, church services etc.
It is the parents’ responsibility to inform school of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible.
At Holy Family parents are expected to contact the School Office on the first day of absence giving as much information as is available at that time. If the absence is prolonged, interim information would be appreciated so that the school can help with homework or other necessary arrangements.
On their return to school children should bring a letter from their parents confirming the reason for their absence and giving any other appropriate information.
In the event of no contact having been made regarding a child’s absence by the end of the school day, the parents will be contacted by the school office. If unexplained absence continues, or the school is concerned regarding irregular attendance the assistance of the Education Welfare Officer will be enlisted.
Under regulation 3 of the Pupils’ Registration Regulations 1956, all schools must keep an attendance register on which, at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session, pupils are marked present or absent. The 1991 Regulations also state that registers must state whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised.
The session times for Holy Family School are:
Morning Session 8.50am – 12noon
Afternoon Session 1.00/1:15pm – 3.10pm
In line with The Education (Pupil Registration) England Regulations 2006 and the recent Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 as of 1st September 2013 the school may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher will determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted.
Only the school, within the contexts of the law, can approve absence - not parents.
To help parents distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absence the following guidelines are included. If after reading these guidelines you are still in doubt please contact the Headteacher.
Penalty notices were introduced in the anti-social behaviour Act 2003 to address the problem of poor school attendance. The school will follow the local authority guidelines. In the event of a holiday being taken without any notification to the school, the school may decide to refer the family for a Penalty notice. This will lead to a fine.
As of 1st September 2013 the penalty notices (fines), issued to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school, are £60 paid within 21 days or £120 paid within 42 days.
In addition, parents/carers may be invited into school for a meeting with the Headteacher to discuss lateness and/or absence where: