If your child is absent from school, please notify us with the reason for his or her absence as soon as possible and preferably before 8.50am. This is most important, as the failure of any pupil to arrive at school raises cause for concern for his or her safety. Written notification is required following any absence.
Absences are authorised for medical reasons, days set aside exclusively for religious observance, and travel difficulties (if the child lives more than 2 miles from school.)
From September 2013 The Department for Education have made amendments to the regulations with regard to school attendance and Headteachers in all schools will no longer be allowed to authorise leave of absence for any family holidays. From September 2013 Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and the number of days authorised for this would be determined by the Headteacher (DFE Guidance June 2013).
As a Bicester partnership of nineteen schools we will not authorise holidays in term time because of the impact absence from school has on a child. As a partnership we believe that attendance at school is the best way of making sure your child makes progress and does well at school. When children are absent they miss not only the teaching provided but are less well prepared for the lessons on their return. They miss important information for future lessons and this can impact on progress,attainment and self-esteem.
In summary, as from 1st September 2013
- Schools are no longer allowed to authorise leave of absence for family holidays.
- Any leave of absence requests can only be authorised by the Headteacher in exceptional circumstances.
- Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if exceptional leave for the reasons shown above is granted.
Currently the Local Authority is reviewing their penalty notice arrangements. We will inform you of the
arrangements as they become available to us, hopefully in the next few months.
I hope that this clarifies the new regulations which all schools must enforce from September 2013.
A full statement of the school’s attendance policy is available from the school office.