General reporting absence
It is vital that you inform the college before 8.00 am in the morning if your child is too ill to attend college (for every day of absence) or they are attending a medical appointment. If we have not received notification from you we have to assume your child has left home and not arrived at College and act accordingly.
Regular student absence leads to much lower academic achievement and an increase in the social issues they experience in college and so in the interests of your child we ask that you ensure they attend every day unless they really are too ill to be here. Where possible please book routine medical appointments during the school holidays and after school, again to minimise the disruption to your child's learning. Please be aware that if your child is absent from school for more than one consecutive day due to illness you must provide us with medical evidence. This can take the form of a doctors appointment card or prescription. If no evidence is provided we will code your child's absence as unauthorised. If your child's attendance falls below 95% we will also unauthorise further one day absences unless medical evidence is provided.
Holidays or planned absence in Term Time
The Department for Education has amended the regulations and guidelines in relation to absences in term-time. From 1st September 2013, the Department for Education will only allow a head teacher to grant a leave of absence if there are exceptional circumstances. If you consider that your request for an absence is exceptional you will need to complete and send us the absence request form via email, post or by hand FAO Hugh Hennebry Principal.
All absence requests must be completed on the form, letters will not be accepted.
This should be returned to the school at least 14 days before the start of the requested absence.
A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the absence is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
In the case of an unauthorised absence, the Education Support, Behaviour & Attendance Service will be notified of the absence taken and a Penalty Notice will be issued.
Please note that such a Penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school.
A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days. Thereafter, if the Penalty remains unpaid this will result in legal intervention.