Your Child’s attendance is important. A Child can not succeed and achieve their best in school if they do not have good attendance. All pupils should aim for 100% attendance. The school's overall target is 97%. Any child with attendance below 94% will be closely monitored by school, should this drop below 94% then it is very likely you will receive an attendance letter. Should your child's attendance not improve you will be invited in for an Attendance Panel Meeting and you may receive a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority.

1 session of absence every week = 90% attendance
2 sessions (1 day) absence every week = 80% attendance.

What the law says about school attendance

The law in the UK states that every child and young person must be educated to a high standard. Students will not achieve their best if the do not attend school regularly.

By law, all schools have to follow very strict regulations about attendance. Every absence has to be recorded and followed up by the school. In law, we are told when an absence can be accepted– authorised, or when it is not acceptable- unauthorised. Persistent absence from school, without good reason, can lead to the school requesting a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority.

Authorised Absence

If your child is off sick or has a legitimate reason to miss school, we will authorise the absence as long as the parent/carer notifies the school and can provided suitable evidence, when required. Please call school on 0161 226 2066 before 10am each day your child is absent.

What absence can be authorised:

If your child is ill, we will give them an I mark. If your child is persistently absent, where it is appropriate we will ask for medical evidence i.e Appointment cards, copy of medical prescriptions, hospital letters etc. Medical absences will be marked M as long as appointment cards are shown to the school office but should, where possible, be made out of school time.

If there are exceptional circumstances for a pupil's absence then school will record a C mark. Under these circumstances, requests must be made to the Headteacher using the Exceptional Leave Request Form which can be obtained from the school office. The Head Teacher will then determine whether or not this absence is acceptable and for what period of time the authorised absence can be permitted.

For religious observances, school can allow two days per academic year for religious festivals for all faiths. Additional days taken for religious festivals will NOT be authorised.

Unauthorised absences:

Parents are not allowed to keep their children off school for any off the following reasons: family birthdays, holidays in term time, visiting relatives, looking after other family members, watching sporting events, shopping etc. All these reasons will be UNAUTHORISED and marked with an O, U or a G. Only a few unauthorised absences are required before a penalty notice can be requested. If issued this will result in a £60 fine (per parent per child). This will rise to £120 (per parent/per child) if this is not paid within the first 21 days.

One day is marked as two sessions (am/pm) = 2 unauthorised absences

Holidays must NOT be taken during school time

Parents do not have the right by law to take their child/children on holiday during term time.

If a parent takes a child on holiday then a G mark will be recorded. This counts as an unauthorised absence and a penalty notice may be issued after a few unauthorised absences.

Please note that a penalty notice fine is per child, per parent (1 child + 2 parents = £120 rising to £240 if not paid within the first 21 days).

Fines can be repeated if more than one holiday is taken out of term time and this could lead to legal proceedings. An unpaid penalty notice will also result in legal proceedings.

Please click here to download a booklet which provides information on managing sickness absence from school.

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