As every parent is aware, children’s attendance at school is statutory and is closely tracked. The Admin and Leadership Teams monitor any patterns in absence/lateness and we will contact parents directly if we are at all concerned. Sometimes, it’s necessary to send home letters, invite families in for meetings or contact the Inclusion Officer at Surrey to escalate cases further.
If you need any support with attendance, however big or small, then please let us know. Our HSLW is available two days a week and has lots of advice and strategies.
All absence must be reported daily. If your child is unwell, then we understand that this cannot be helped; however, you must contact the Admin Team with the full details, so that this can be logged and monitored:
Tel: 01784 432155 (leave a message on the absence line by 9am)
Leave of Absence:
Permission for absence during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and authorisation cannot be given retrospectively. All requests need to be submitted using the form available below. Please note, family holidays are not deemed exceptional circumstances and therefore will not be authorised.
If your child’s attendance has fallen below 90%, then this is considered ‘persistent absenteeism’. This level of absence is incredibly serious and is the equivalent of missing half a day of school a week. You will be contacted directly and required to attend an attendance meeting in school, where an action plan for improvement will be put in place. We have a duty of care to safeguard all children and all persistent absenteeism is reported to the Inclusion Officer at Surrey. They may in turn open an attendance referral case which could ultimately lead to court proceedings.
Notice from the Education Welfare Service (EWS) Enforcement Team at Surrey:
Just to remind parents/carers that if they take their children out of school without authority for 5 or more days (which do not need to be consecutive), they will be liable to receive a penalty notice. Currently, the amount payable under a penalty notice is £60 per parent/carer, per child, if paid within 21 days. Thereafter the amount increases to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after 28 days, the Local Authority will consider a prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Please note that penalty notices are issued per parent/carer, per child, so a family of two parents and two children will receive 4 penalty notices.