Mrs M. Ion - Attendance Officer
Miss R. Killey - Attendance Assistant
Please report all absences asap to this number and not the main office number.
Absence Tel: 01323 514919
Holidays in Term Time
The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of education during term time. The Department for Education, however, does allow the Principal the discretion to consider authorising a student’s leave of absence in term time but only in “exceptional circumstances”. If you consider that your request falls into this category you will need to complete the form on the reverse of this notification. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the withdrawal is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised in line with current guidance.
Unauthorised absence can result in legal intervention being taken against a parent for the irregular attendance or punctuality of their child to school. Legal intervention that may be considered includes; issue of a fixed penalty notice or consideration may be given to a prosecution in a Magistrates Court under the Education Act 1996.
A penalty notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days. Thereafter, if the penalty remains unpaid this may result in legal action. Please note that such a penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. A conviction of an offence under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 may result in a fine of £1000. If the matter is considered to be more serious, then proceedings can be taken under Section 444(1A) and fines can be up to £2,500 or a prison sentence imposed.
All holiday requests must be directed to our Attendance Assistant, Miss Killey, who will send you a form to complete. Letters will not be accepted. The form should be returned to the Academy at least 14 days before the start of the absence.
In considering the decision whether to authorise the following will be taken into account:-
- Reason given for your child’s withdrawal from school.
- The time of the year/term.
- Whether your child will miss test/examinations or preparation for these.
I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment at our Academy.