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In order to raise standards in education and ensure all pupils can fulfil their potential, pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
The Government expects:
Schools and local authorities to:
- promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
- ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled;
- act early to address patterns of absence.
- parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.
- all pupils to be punctual to their lessons
We expect that all pupils will:
- Attend school everyday
- Attend school punctually
- Attend appropriately prepared for the day
- Discuss promptly with their class teacher or school office of any problems that may affect their school attendance.
We expect that all parents will:
- Ensure regular school attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities.
- Ensure that their child arrives at school punctually and prepared for the school day.
- Ensure that they contact the school admin team if their child is absent or if known in advance, whenever their child is unable to attend school.
- Contact school promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep their child away from school.
- Notify the school of any home circumstances that might affect the behaviour and learning of their child.
- Notify school immediately of any changes to contact details. Exceptional leave from school during term time
Please note that if you have an exceptional reason for why you believe you child should miss school during term time (other than a medical reason), you are requested to get permission from your child’s respective head teachers. You will need to fill in the “Application for exceptional leave of absence” form in advance (available in the Bilingual School Office). These should be handed in to the Bilingual School Office.
Holidays during term-time:
From 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.
Parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the school.