Under Section 36 of the Education Act 1994, parents of children of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they receive efficient full-time education, whether by regular school attendance or otherwise. Ivanhoe also acknowledges the significant impact attendance has on our students’ academic and personal success.
Our aims are:
If attendance falls below 95% it will have a major impact on a child’s attainment and overall success in school. In light of this, parents and carers are asked to take steps to ensure your child attends school every day.
Absences soon mount up – see the impact of time off over one year:
Any absence should be reported to the Attendance Officer at school by 9.30am
Any daily student absence, for which no message has been received, will trigger a text alert to parents/carers to inform them of their child’s non-attendance.
New government guidelines, which came into effect on 1st September 2013, prevent Head Teachers from granting any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, a leave of absence for a family holiday does not fall under the category of ‘exceptional circumstances’ and as such would be recorded as unauthorised.
As of August 2014 if your child has more than 5 days unauthorised absence for such things as holidays, Leicestershire County Council will be advised of this matter and may issue Penalty Notices in line with their policy. Each parent/carer will each be fined £60 which must be paid within a 21 day period.
Medical/dental appointments should be made outside of the normal school day. Where this is unavoidable the appointment card (or letter from parent/carer) should be shown to the Form Tutor no later than the previous school day, wherever possible. Alternatively, a message can be left on the absence line for the Attendance Officer.
If students arrive at school, from an appointment during the school day, they are expected to bring a note from the parents or carer. If they do not bring a note, the parent or carer will receive a telephone call.
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