Everyone knows that good attendance and punctuality are essential for children to be successful in their education. Children only get one education and it is the parents' responsibility, along with the school, to ensure that every child attends every day.
It is equally important that children arrive on time each day. Children arriving late to school tend to be embarrassed and upset because they miss important instructions, don't have time to build friendships at the beginning of each day or they interrupt the work of the teacher and other pupils in the class. Children who are regularly late often present challenging behaviours to avoid going into class late.
If your child is absent through illness or for any other reason, parents/carers will have to report the absence before 9.30am by leaving a message on the absence phone line (0191 716 0585). Any absences not accounted for in this way must be identified as an unauthorised absence on your child’s record.
If your child is absent due to sickness and diarrhoea, please keep them off school for 48 hours from the time of their last episode. This is to prevent the spread of illness among other children and is in line with NHS guidelines. If you are unsure if it is suitable for your child to be in school during or after an infectious illness (e.g. chicken pox, slapped cheek), please call the school office (0191 716 0585) who will be able to offer advice.
There has been a significant increase in holidays absences during term time by our families; a trend seen in a number of schools. After significant discussion in school with senior leaders and governors, as well as robust consultation with the Local Authority, we are changing our policy with regard to holidays taken during term time. All holidays taken from 1st January 2020 will be unauthorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances will be assessed on a case by case basis.
If you do need to request a leave of absence for your child, please complete our new online form, available here.
We will always hope that parents/carers will be an open and honest role model to our children and report absences to us appropriately. However, if we believe a child has been on holiday or has been absent without due cause, then we will not authorise the absence. The duty and responsibility will then fall to parents/carers to provide medical or other evidence, to show that the child has not been away on holiday or has been genuinely unwell.
The Local Authority may issue a Penalty Notice for any absence for term time holidays of five days or more. This is a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if the notice is paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the Penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies. The Penalty will be issued to the parent who has chosen to take their child out of school.