At our schools we place emphasis on good attendance. The schools and Norfolk L.A. reward ‘good attenders’ with annual certificates. Parents and carers are informed termly of attendance rates. If a child is unable to attend school we ask parents or carers to let us know the reason why between 8.30 and 9.00 a.m. on the first day of that absence and confirm the reason by note on the day of return to school.
Registration takes place at 9.00-9.10 a.m. Any child that arrives after registration without a prior explanation being given has to be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Should a child arrive late or need to be collected early, an adult should report to the school office so that we know exactly who is in school.
Authorising holidays during term time.
In accordance with The Education Regulations 2006 that states that Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence for family holidays during term time.
This policy states the Head teacher will not authorise absences relating to days out and family holidays during term times. Absences for very exceptional circumstances i.e serious family illness or trauma will be addressed on an individual basis and should be requested on the appropriate form through the school offices.
The Education (Penalty Notices) Regulations 2007
Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.