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Friday 17th July

Hello Reception! We loved seeing you all yesterday – we have missed you all! You have grown so much and looked ready for Year One. We hope you have a lovely Summer and we will see you in the Autumn Term. Thank you for your kind words, cards and gifts. Love from all...

Friday 17th July

Friday 17th July Well, the time has come to say our final goodbyes. We wish you all the very best of luck as you start your next chapter. Show your secondary schools how amazing you can be. Have a wonderful 6 week holiday: stay safe and happy. The Year 6 Team....

Friday 17th July

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 Every summer ‘The Reading Agency’ launch the Summer Reading Scheme. The theme this year is ‘Silly Squad’ bringing a sense of togetherness through reading. There are lots of free resources for schools to use, we’ve attached the Schools...

Friday 17th July

Good morning Year 3! Here we are, the final week of term! As always, the Year 3 team were amazed by all of your efforts with your home learning tasks last week, so give yourselves a huge pat on the back. This week, we would like you to write a letter to your new, Year...

Friday 17th July

Friday 17th July 2020 Hello Y2, It was lovely to see so many of you yesterday and all of your gorgeous smiling faces. A huge thank you for all of your kind words, cards and gifts. We are now at the end of the school year. You have been fantastic Y2s and we have really...

Friday 17th July

Happy last day! Today marks the last day of Year 1 and we are just so proud of each and every one of you! We know that this year has not been as any of us wanted or expected but you have all coped so well with everything that has come your way. We were so pleased with...

Friday 17th July

Hi, Year 5, It was absolutely brilliant to see so many of you this afternoon! We can’t tell you how much we have missed you all these long weeks since March. We hope you all enjoyed being together again, even though it was for only a short time on the playground. We...

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Monday 13th July

Hi Year 5! It’s the last week of the school year. How did that happen? And what a year it has been! A year ago, when you were spending transition time with us, no one could have dreamed that 2019/2020 would turn out in the way it has. It has been a very strange...

Thursday 25th June

Happy 25th June everyone! Did you know that on the 25th June 1984 a musician called Prince released his album Purple Rain and that on the 25th June 1991 tennis player Martina Navratilova won the 100th singles match at Wimbledon by 4-6, 6-2, 6-4? This week we would...

ACKLAM WHIN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Attendance

The school is required to complete registers of children’s attendance every school session and any absence of children has to be accounted for as either Authorised or Unauthorised absence.

In light of this it is essential that school be informed if your child is absent for any reason, either by letter or by telephone call prior to, or immediately following, the absence.

Amendments to the 2006 pupil registration regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as to the statutory threshold of ten school days (authorised at the discretion of the Head Teacher).

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Overall Absence

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National Average

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Persistent Absentees over 10%

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National Average

The amendments make clear that:
  • Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
  • Whilst leave of absence may be granted during term time, it is entirely at the Head Teacher’s discretion and it is not a parental right.
  • Parents should seek permission for a leave of absence during term time prior to the leave, fully explaining the reasons for each request. Each request should then be judged on a case by case basis by the Headteacher.
  • Leave must be agreed to before it begins: This is not an entitlement and leave taken in term time will adversely affect a child’s attendance record.
  • A parent requesting a leave of absence during term time should make the application in writing at least two weeks in advance.
  • If leave is not granted, the reason for not authorising a request will be clearly stated, as well as the possible consequences of disregarding the refusal.
  • All students who in exceptional circumstances are granted Leave will be expected to make up the work lost.
Non Authorised Absences

The Headteacher will NOT authorise absence in the following circumstances:

  • Shopping
  • Birthdays
  • Looking after other family members
  • Waiting in for Trades People
  • Holidays
  • Unapproved sporting events.
  • Continued lateness to school.
Unauthorised Absence

Truancy which includes:

  • Unexplained absence (no note / contact from parents / carer).
  • An unacceptable reason for absence is provided.

 

Responding to Non-Attendance

When a pupil does not attend school, we will respond in the following manner:

Ask for explanation for absence and log parental responses in order to determine appropriate registration coding.

If an acceptable reason for absence is not provided the absence will be classified as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence may result in intervention from the Education Welfare Officer.

In the case of persistent non-attendance, and following a set period of intervention with our Education Welfare Officer, we will seek support from the Local Education Authority for statutory action in the form of warnings or a fixed penalty notice.

Fixed Penalty Notices

The Education Act 1996 clearly state: ‘If any child of compulsory School age who is a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly, the parents of the child shall be guilty of an offense.’

This may result in each parent or carer being issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice.

The school will consider applying to the local authority for the issue of fixed penalty notices in the following circumstances:

  • Overt truancy (including pupils caught on truancy sweeps).
  • Parentally-condoned absences.
  • Unauthorised Leave of Absence in term time.
  • Excessive delayed return from extended holidays or authorised Leave of Absence without prior school agreement.
  • Persistent late arrival at school (after the Register has closed).
Statistical Information on School Absence

The school is required to publish data regarding overall and persistent absence. The following are the percentages for Academic Year 2016/17 for compulsory aged pupils (Year 1 – Year 6).