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It is the parent/carers legal responsibility to ensure their child is in school and on time but in exceptional circumstances, parents may request that a child remain absent from school. To request absence, complete an absence request form which can be found in the linked documents section on this page. This should be submitted to the school office for consideration by the head teacher.

New amendments to DfE regulations came into force on 1st September 2013 regarding absence requests from parents. Headteachers are no longer permitted to authorise any leave or absence from school unless the circumstances are “exceptional” relating to a “one off” isolated situation. 

“Exceptional” circumstances do not include:

  • Holidays of any description, unless necessitated by work contracts.
  • Family birthday celebrations.
  • Visiting relatives abroad.

Government guidance states that a child’s attendance must be above 95%.  The government now deem any child with attendance below 90% to be persistently absent. The school will write to parents when their child’s attendance falls below 92%. On-going absence may lead to the Local Authority fulfilling their statutory duty to ensure parents fulfil their legal responsibility in relation to their child’s education.  Parents may be issued with a simple caution or could face prosecution in the Magistrates Court under section 444 or 444(1a) Education Act 1996.

Unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice. If a Penalty Notice is issued, the timescale for paying has changed to £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

Timekeeping

Your child legally should be in school no later than 8.45am. At 9.00am the school gates are locked for your child’s safety and any arrival after this time will result in an ‘unauthorised absence mark’

At Millbrook our overall attendance for the academic year 2014-2015 was 95.5%. This is slightly above the government’s recommended level and means that the vast majority of parents are ensuring their children are in school on time every day.


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Uploaded: February 19, 2014 at 21:56