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The DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) is asking schools to encourage parents to avoid term-time holidays whenever possible. Schools have been reminded that they can only approve absence for family holidays if they consider that there are special reasons, which warrant the holiday. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the maximum allowance is ten school days in a school year regardless of the number of holidays taken. The DCSF states clearly to Headteachers that holiday prices and the fact that parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons.
Further information is available on the DCSF website.

We want to try to improve our attendance and to work with parents/ carers to do so.

Attendance regulations now state that we are required to report on authorised and unauthorised absence. School should be notified of your child’s absence with the reason. Lateness after the end of registration without a reason will be classified as unauthorised absence. It is the school policy to contact parents by 9.30 if your child is absent without notification.

A Welfare Officer is attached to the school and will contact parents at home in case of irregular attendance or persistent lateness.

Why Is Good Attendance Important?
Children who miss school often make slower progress and they fall behind in class because key learning skills are missing from their disrupted education. Children who are absent are often unsettled and this can impact both socially and academically.

Please contact us if you have any problems regarding attendance or lateness we are keen to work in partnership in order to ensure your child is in school at all times.