Attendance

We place a high value on regular attendance at school and thank all of our families and staff who keep attendance levels for children and staff at very high levels. In 2016 we have had one of the highest attendance rates in Kent.

Below you will find links for our attendance policy, the form that parents need to complete to apply for leave of absence from school for their child and term dates.

Our attendance policy

Form to request a leave of absence

Autumn 17.09.16 – 21.10.16INSET 5.9.16 and 6.9.16
Autumn 231.10.16 – 20.12.16INSET 21.12.16 and 3.1.17
Spring 14.1.17 – 10.2.17INSET x 1 tba
Spring 220.2.17 – 31.3.17 
Summer 118.4.17 – 26.5.17Bank Hol 1.5.17
Summer 25.6.17 – 21.7.17 

 

Attendance Protocol Summary

The school implements the current regulations relating to school attendance, (The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended for September 2013. 

The Headteacher will consider each request for absence individually but can only grant requests in exceptional circumstances. Parents are asked to share as much information as possible to support any application, e.g. letters from employers or copies of letters from hospitals. Parents are also welcome to book an appointment with the headteacher to discuss personal circumstances if this helpful.

There is no right of appeal as the authorisation of absence is the sole responsibility of the Headteacher. The Headteacher cannot give retrospective approval so requests should be made in advance. This is not expected for emergencies or last minute unavoidable circumstances.

Exceptional circumstances may include:

  • Meeting the needs of families of Armed Forces personnel
  • Where an employer stipulates that holiday has to be taken during set period (letter from employer is required as evidence)
  • Family trauma, funerals or similar
  • Attending hospital or consultant appointments that cannot be offered at other times
  • Attending functions in line with culture and or religion including the travelling community

Although each request will be considered individually, we will never normally authorise leave of absence in term time under the following circumstances:

  • At the beginning of school terms
  • During assessment periods
  • Where the child is persistently absent, including because of ill health (25 days absence in the previous year or where there have already been 10 or more days absence in the current year)

All requests for leave will be considered individually and such factors as existing attendance record will be considered in making the decision whether to grant leave e.g. absence will not be authorised if it takes a pupil’s absence record below 90%.

Leave of absence taken without the Headteacher’s permission, or failure to return on the agreed date, will mean that the absence is unauthorised (truancy). The deliberate taking of leave in term time without or against school permission (where it can be clearly demonstrated that the parent/carer understood that permission had not or would not be given) may result in parents/carers being liable to a penalty notice if the absence meets the criteria for issuing a request to KCC for a penalty notice. Penalty notices are issued to each parent of each child and carry a fine per parent per child if paid within 21 days increasing per parent per child if paid between 21 and 28 days. Please see www.kent.gov.uk for up to date information about school attendance.