Good attendance at school is essential for a child’s education and establishes a positive working ethos early in life. 100% attendance is certainly possible, but in the event of your child being away from school it is essential that you, the parent/carer, inform the school of the reasons for absence.
- The Education Act 1996 requires parents and carers to ensure their child receives efficient full time education, suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special needs they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
- Under current government legislation, all absence figures, together with the reasons for absence have to be reported to the Schools Governing Body, Local Authority (LA), and the Department for Education (DfE).
- Parents and carers must ensure that they are fully aware of the school’s Attendance Policy, as any absence will have a huge impact on your child’s learning. Regular school attendance is essential and parents and carers, together with our school staff all have a part to play in ensuring full potential is achieved.
- Students are expected to attend school for the entire duration of the academic year, unless there is an exceptional reason for the absence. There are two main categories of absences:
- Authorised absence is when the school has accepted the explanation offered as justification for the absence, or given approval in advance for such an absence.
- Unauthorised absence is when the school has not received a reason for absence or has not approved a child’s absence from school after a parent’s/carer’s request.