Parents are responsible for making sure their children attend school regularly and on time.
What is an authorised absence?
Only a school can authorise an absence. If your child is ill or cannot go to school for some reason, you need to contact the school by telephone/email/letter tell them. The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence.
There are only a few valid reasons why your child should be absent. If your child has been away from school without you giving any reason, the school will contact you to find out why. This may be by phone or letter or an invitation to a meeting in school.
Holidays in term time
Time off school for family holidays is not a right. Schools have discretion in 'exceptional circumstance' to authorise a holiday if they believe it is a genuine reason.
You can be given a Penalty Notice or prosecuted for periods of unauthorised holidays.
Improving Attendance At Ashchurch
We are very keen to continue to promote the importance of regular attendance as the best possible starting point for your child’s success during their education with us. Also important is being on time. We understand unexpected difficulties (such as traffic delays) but arriving after registration means that your child may miss part of, or an entire lesson. We have recently written to parents about how every day off = loss of learning time and we have introduced a class reward system.
We appreciate your ongoing support in MAKING EVERY MINUTE COUNT.
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