The Government expects Schools and local authorities to:

  • promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
  • ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and,
  • act early to address patterns of absence.
and for:
  • Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age, who are registered at school, attend regularly.

  • Pupils to be punctual to their lessons.

 To enable children to achieve all they are capable of, it is essential that they attend regularly and punctually.

The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 and Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 makes clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. A Request for Absence form obtained from the school office (or downloaded from below attachments) must be completed when withdrawal from learning is being requested.

Should the absence be unauthorised, a letter will be sent home making the parent aware that should the absence go ahead as planned then this will be passed on to the Pupil Investigation Team, resulting in a Fixed Penalty Notice. For further information, please see our Attendance policy below. Please also see WSCC guidance link: WSCC website