School Attendance and Family Holidays

Assessment for learning

21st January 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

School Attendance and Family Holidays during Term-Time

Recently we have received a number of requests for holidays to be taken during term time. As you are aware pupils of school age must, by law, attend school. The school views regular attendance as a top priority in order that all children can maximise the learning opportunities available to them. Every effort should be made to ensure your child attends school unless there is a very good reason why they cannot.

Clearly, there are occasions when a child is unable to attend school e.g. periods of illness. However, we ask parents to keep all absences to a minimum and that your child returns to school as soon as he/she is fit to do so. Generally speaking, if your child is well enough to go out e.g. with friends or shopping, he/she is well enough to be in school, unless there is medical advice to the contrary.

Absence from school, as a result of a holiday, can seriously interrupt a pupil’s learning and disrupt educational progress at school. Any requests for absence for holidays, during term time, will be considered on an individual basis by the headteacher and the decision over whether or not to authorise the absence will be made by taking into account the pupils’ overall attendance record, amongst other factors.

The school understands that parents’ circumstances (financial and work commitments) vary, but nonetheless parents have the responsibility to ensure that their child(ren) only miss school if absolutely necessary. It would be remiss not to thank the vast majority of parents and pupils for achieving excellent levels of attendance, your continued support is very much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. G. Rees