Attendance at school is essential to good progress. For this reason the government require all schools to achieve an overall attendance figure of at least 97%.
From September 2013 the government set new statutory guidelines regarding absence from school. Any child who is absent for more than 10% of their schooling will be considered by Saddleworth School, the Local Education Authority and the government to be a ‘Persistent Absentee’.
These statutory guidelines apply to all schools.
What does this mean as a parent?
It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure their child attends school every day.
If your child has had a single incidence of illness or medical condition then medical evidence should be provided where possible. Parents should contact school using the Class Charts app to report each day of absence.
You should only take your child out of school for a family holiday if you have written authorisation from the Headteacher, this will only be given in exceptional circumstances, ordinarily family holidays will not be authorised.
Where parents take their child out of school for an unauthorised holiday a fine will automatically be imposed by the Local Education Authority on the 5th day of absence. This includes when a child is taken out of school on more than one occasion during the school year.
You should ensure that medical/dental appointments are made outside of school hours.
What does 10% Absence look like?
TERMS PERSISTENT ABSENCE AT 10% NUMBER OF DAYS OFF SCHOOL
SEP – OCT
7 OR MORE SESSIONS 3.5 DAYS
SEP – DEC
14 OR MORE SESSIONS 7 DAYS
SEP – FEB
20 OR MORE SESSIONS 10 DAYS
SEP – EASTER
25 OR MORE SESSIONS 12.5 DAYS
SEP – MAY
31 OR MORE SESSIONS 19 DAYS
There are two sessions each day, that count towards 1 days attendance mark
If your child has more than 10% absence and cannot provide suitable medical evidence or you have taken a family holiday without permission, your child could be considered to be a Persistent Absentee and they may be referred to the Local Education Authorities School Attendance Service.
What happens if a child is referred to the LEA’S School Attendance Service?
The parent[s] or legal guardian of the child may be subject to;
Penalty Notice Warning Letter
At Saddleworth School we want to support all families and children to ensure that no child becomes classed as a Persistent Absentee, to enable this to happen we expect;
All students to have at least 97% or above attendance.
No students to have holidays during term time without written authority from the Head teacher.
All students to be in school by 8.25am, ready for registration at 8.30am. Any pupils who arrive after the morning registers are closed will be recorded as having an unauthorised absence for the morning session in question.
No students to have medical or dental appointments during the school day.
Any proposed absences in term time are requested in writing to the Attendance Team, Mrs D Dorobat two weeks in advance.
That if your child is absent due to a medical condition then medical evidence is provided to the Attendance Officers.
If your child is too ill to be in school then the school is contacted on the first day of their absence.
Attendance at school is essential to good progress. For this reason, the government now require all schools to achieve an overall attendance figure of 97%. We are committed to achieving and exceeding this target as we understand the impact poor attendance has on our pupils.
To achieve these pupil’s progress and attainment target figures and to prevent any students falling within the guidelines for persistent absentees the co-operation of parents is essential. If you would like further guidance on any matters concerning this, please click on the links provided to the relevant documents on the school and council Website