Absence

The DfE has laid out the new challenge for school attendance by further raising the level at which a child is deemed persistently absent. From September 2015 persistent absence (PA) data will include all pupils whose attendance is 90% or less. This is equivalent to 19 days off school in one academic year. 

Attendance at school during term time is important for all children

For pupils to benefit from education and achieve their full potential they must attend school regularly

In primary schools, 4 out of 5 pupils with an absence rate of less than 4 per cent achieved level 4 or above in both English and mathematics.

If children are taken away for a two week holiday every year and have an average number of days off for sickness and appointments, then by the time they leave school at sixteen they will have missed a year of school.

Leave of absence shall not be granted unless:

(a) an application has been made in advance to the proprietor by a parent with whom the pupil normally resides

(b) the proprietor, or a person authorised by the proprietor, considers that leave of absence should be granted due to the exceptional circumstances relating to that application. 

Please note: The Principal will not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional

The decision of the Headteacher is final. Parents who take a child on leave in term time without the permission of the academy risk being issued with a penalty notice fine for unauthorised absences. Taking a pupil on leave during term time interrupts teaching and learning and can disrupt educational progress. Before completing an application parent/carers are asked to consider the effect on their child’s continuity of education. 

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Karen Maggs,
6 Mar 2017, 03:29
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Karen Maggs,
6 Mar 2017, 06:00
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cgreene@offasmeadacademy.org,
30 Nov 2013, 10:31
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cgreene@offasmeadacademy.org,
22 Mar 2016, 06:49
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Karen Maggs,
15 Dec 2016, 02:36
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