Absence from School
(addendum for September 2020 with continued Covid – 19 arrangements in place)
Absence from School
You should use Parentmail/Parentmail App to report absence to the school office by 9.30am. Please state clearly the reason for absence giving some clear details about symptoms if your child is ill. This is our preferred method of reporting. Alternatively you may ring the school by 9.30am on the main school number. There is an answer phone and you may leave a message which will be picked up by the office. If reporting by phone we also require a follow up letter stating the reason for your child’s absence from school. If absences are not explained they will be regarded as unauthorised absences, according to Government regulations.
Following incidents of sickness or diarrhoea, children are not permitted to return to school until 48 hours have passed, thus preventing spread of infection.
Please note that where a child is absent for the morning session and not returned to school by mid-day they may not return until the start of the afternoon session, which is 1.15pm. For appointments during the lunchbreak or the afternoon session children should be collected at 12 noon.
Please book any dental or medical appointments outside of school hours. If you have to collect your child during school hours please buzz at the main entrance and we will bring your child to you and ask you to sign them out in the lobby. Notify the office by telephone before 10.00am on the morning of your child’s appointment if your child requires a school dinner. We also require a copy of your child’s appointment card showing the reason for your child’s absence from school.
Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised by the proprietor of the school (the Governing Body). As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.
There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time; however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances. If a quarantine period is needed this will NOT be considered an exceptional circumstance.
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.
Regular attendance at school is very important. Irregular attendance will be monitored and followed up by the school. Where a child has a high level of absence a school based meeting may take place and the case may be referred to the Essex Attendance Team which may result in legal intervention, in the form of penalty notice, prosecution or Education Supervision Order.