Regular school attendance is the key to enabling children and young people to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.
Promoting excellent attendance is the responsibility of the whole school community. Our stance with regard to pupil attendance underpins all other policies related to the well-being of children including safeguarding, behaviour, bullying, and support for children with medical needs.
All children should be in school, on time, every day that school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
Ashbrook Infant and Nursery School will promote positive behaviour and attendance through its use of curriculum and learning materials and will recognise good attendance appropriately.
We will work with parents to resolve problems which may affect a child’s attendance and will involve representatives of other agencies that work with the school such as the School Nurse, Family Support Officer or representatives of the local Multi-Agency Team where required in order to ensure all children can benefit from consistently good punctuality and attendance. We will use the Early Help Assessment process to support this.
We will be proactive in encouraging attendance for all pupils through ensuring parents and pupils receive information on the importance of good attendance and punctuality and will react swiftly to intervene to improve attendance of individual children should this become a concern.
Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age attend school regularly.
In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.
Any requests should be on an official school absence request form (giving at least 2 weeks notice) and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.
You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.
New HANDi App
A new app has been launched to provide advice and support to parents, carers and healthcare professionals looking after children with the most common childhood illnesses.
The HANDi app has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, to help you provide the best support for your child and give you confidence in caring for them when they are unwell. The app describes care plans and guidance for the most common childhood health concerns, including:
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