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Absences and Holidays

Illness

If your child cannot attend school due to illness, please leave a message on our school absence line on the morning of the first day and each subsequent day of absence. You can also log your child's absence via ParentMail.

Should we not hear from you by 9.30 the school is legally obliged to contact you to ascertain that the child is at home for safeguarding reasons. When your child returns to school please ensure that you give a letter to their class teacher with the reason for absence as well as your medical appointment card/prescription where applicable.

 Please click HERE to view the government guidance re: time off school for particular illnesses.

Medical Appointments 

The school asks when possible that medical appointments are made outside of school time, however if you have to take your child out of school to attend an appointment please inform the school office as well as the class teacher and provide an appointment card/letter for school records.

 

 Holidays 

The Department for Education has announced important changes to legislation concerning absence in term time.  From the 1st September 2013 the law gives no entitlement for parents to take their children on holiday during term time.  Any application for leave can only be granted at the discretion of the Head Teacher who must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave.

If the application for leave is not considered an exceptional circumstance and therefore is not granted, and parents remove their children from school during term time, a fixed penalty notice may be issued by the Northamptonshire Education and Inclusion Partnership Service.  The fixed penalty tariff has been fixed by Northamptonshire County Council at £60 per parent/per child (two parents/two children = £240).  This figure will be doubled if not paid in 21 Days.

If you pay the Penalty Notice in full within 21 days it is £60 and is £120 within 28 days. If the Notice remains unpaid then Northamptonshire County Council will commence proceedings in the Magistrates' Court which if proven can attract a range of fines up to £2,500.

Northamptonshire County Council will be issuing fixed penalty notices in the following circumstances

• Where a child misses five consecutive school days that the school has not authorized.
• Where a child misses the equivalent of five school days in a six week period that are not authorised.

This brings Northamptonshire in line with the majority of other local authorities.

If you wish to apply for leave for exceptional circumstances during term time please read and complete the application form.  This form should be returned to the Head Teacher.

Click HERE to download the form or please ask for a copy from the School Office.

 

Click HERE to read more information from the County Council regarding your childs attendance.

We hope that you will continue to support us in these matters.