The Brigg Infant School

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Attendance

School Attendance Policy

EVERY SCHOOL DAY IS AN IMPORTANT DAY!

Please make sure your child comes to school on time, as often as they possibly can, to give them the best chance of success.

Our school day starts at 8.55 when the register is taken. Doors open from 8.45.

Your child will be recorded as late after 9.10.  This is an unauthorised absence mark.

The school day ends at 3.15.

See our attendance policy by clicking here.

The Department for Education expects schools and local authorities to promote good attendance and reduce absences, including persistent absence. This is because we know that missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary schools.

As a school we work incredibly hard to support all children and their families so as to ensure that all children have good attendance.

The Government has recently made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013. These state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances; in these cases it is the Headteacher who determines the number of days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

As a consequence of these changes I will no longer be able to approve requests for leave of absence for reasons that are not considered to be special or exceptional such as:

  • Availability of cheap holidays and cheap travel arrangements
  • Days overlapping with beginning or end of term

Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively. ( A copy of the form can be downloaded here.)

I would like to remind parents that this is Government policy and parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. These remain on the child’s record and will be monitored for further action by the Education Welfare Service. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action.

Illness - It is important that the school is informed on the first day of a child’s absence. This can be done either by phone, e-mail or personally through the class teacher.

 

If your child has a medical appointment, please bring the appointment card/letter into school so that the absence can be authorised.

 

Thank you for your support.