It is important that you contact the school office if your child will not be at school between 8.30 and 9.00am. . If you fail to notify the school as to why your child is not present the school will initially try to contact you by telephone as a duty of care. If contact cannot be made the school will contact the remainder of the contacts on the sheet you completed at the start of the year. If contact is still not made we may carry out a safe and well check home visit as is part of our school policy. If there is no answer and we are concerned for the safety of a child who we cannot locate we may then inform the Police.
Our school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.15pm. Registration is from 8.40am to 8.50am. The children should arrive at 8.40am to complete their early morning activities. Please note we currently have staggered drop off and pick up times during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the number of personnel outside the school at any one time.
Children who arrive late at school, after the attendance register is closed, are deemed to be absent from school. Therefore, it is important for children not to be late for registration.
Leave of Absence Letter & Request Form
Holidays during term time will be unauthorised unless there are exceptional circumstances as there are 13 weeks each year where children are not at school which could be used for holidays. Children also miss out on their learning in school and building social relationships when they are away.
As guided by the government and the local authority we have a Leave of Absence Form which must be completed should you wish to take your child out of school during term time. Please ensure the form is completed and returned to the school office.
The Local Authority and Government believe that absence during term time should be avoided as it can have a damaging effect on a pupil’s education and overall achievement. We therefore wish to inform you that as of 1st September 2019 we began the process of fining parents/carers for unauthorised absences. We do recognise that there may be exceptional circumstances where authorisation of absence can be justified by the Headteacher.
A “Leave of Absence Request Form” will need to be completed. The Education (Pupil Registration England Amendment) Regulations 2013 explanatory note states: Regulation 7 of the 2006 Regulations is amended to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
The school Attendance Policy includes the following:
A Leave of Absence Letter & Request Form can be found below, including a copy of the letter which was also issued from Cambridgeshire County Council for your reference: