Attendance and Punctuality
Regular attendance at school is vital for children’s academic and social development. We encourage children to attend school every day.
Please notify the school office on the first day of each absence before 9.00am. This should be followed up in writing on the day of return.
If a child is late, please report to the school office so the attendance register can be completed.
There is no legal right to take children out of school during term time for holidays. Absence is likely to be detrimental to pupils’ progress and parents should not therefore take their children on holiday during term time.
If you feel there are exceptional circumstances which necessitate term time absence please contact the school office for a holiday request form and explain the reasons in writing. The headteacher will then consider whether authorisation can be given for the time away from school.
Essex policy in September 2015 states “If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.”