Aims and Targets
Accurate and timely recording of attendance and absence is a key responsibility of all staff in school.
These procedures aim to ensure a high level of safe-guarding and will help to identify pupils who are absent from classes throughout the school day, allowing appropriate action to be taken at the earliest opportunity.
As part of the school’s safeguarding procedures, parents/carers are asked to contact the school via the school Absence Line (Tel 478 5050 option 1) if their child is going to be absent, giving a reason for this absence.
If a parent/carer has not advised the school that their child will be absent then it is assumed they are unaware of the absence and that their child is missing or truanting. This is recorded as unauthorised until an explanation is received.
Family Holidays during Term Time
The majority of family holidays taken during term time are categorised as Unauthorised Absence (G).
However, it is acceptable under exceptional circumstances, and provided the parent/carer has made a written request to the Head Teacher, for schools to authorise a family holiday of not more than two weeks duration, during term time. Such circumstances are coded as (E) and only include:
Care Experienced Children and Young people
Promoting the attendance of care experienced children and young people is a local authority priority. We have a system for tracking the attendance of care experienced learners. This includes a monthly update to any allocated social worker along with a summary of achievements.
Children Missing from Education
The Education Welfare Service will support schools to investigate unexplained absences. This is likely to include;