"Parents can be fined for taking their children on holiday during term time without consent from the school." (DFE Website)
It is very difficult for children to learn if they are not in school. Regular and punctual attendance ensures that your child is able to make the most of his/her school life, whilst infrequent or late attendance leads to children feeling constantly behind with their schoolwork.
In accordance with the Education Act 1996, it is the duty of parents/carers to ensure the regular attendance of their child in school. This means that she/he must be in attendance and on time every day unless she/he is ill or there is any other unavoidable cause.
There will be times when your child is unable to attend school because of unavoidable causes. We ask you to inform school on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend school. We will also ask you the reasons and expected duration of the absence.
If your child is ill we request that you keep them at home until they are feeling better, especially in the case of infectious diseases in line with NHS guidelines.
Please ensure we have emergency contact details for each parent so that you can be notified if your child becomes ill during the school day.
The government has set a minimum attendance target of 95%. This means that a two-week family holiday will take children's attendance below the government guidelines. We are always concerned about the amount of school times pupils miss and would ask parents to consider carefully their child's academic progress before booking family holidays in term time.