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 not possible a note and appointment card should be sent to the school. Students must attend school before and after the appointment wherever possible.
Prior notice of apppointments should be made 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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