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Attendance at school: Local Authority Procedures for addressing absence

Friday, 11th January 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Your child’s attendance to school is an important factor in their development and understanding. The pace of learning in primary school is so fast that just a handful of days absent per year can put your son/daughter at a disadvantage compared to their peers.

As an academy operating within the Northamptonshire Local Authority, we follow the Northamptonshire County Council guidance in managing unauthorised absence and term time leave.

The council has recently reviewed its threshold for issuing fixed penalty notices to parents for the non-attendance of their children which now stands at five school days of continuous absence. 

With this in mind, families with children absent for several days for unauthorised reasons are more likely to receive a fixed penalty notice and families who take children out of school during term time for a family holiday are particularly at risk of this.

We appreciate that you as parents/carers work with us to ensure your child’s attendance remains regular which is why we are writing to confirm these procedures. Please do note, however, it is at the school’s discretion, using guidance, if an absence is to be authorised or unauthorised.

The academy has a responsibility to work with the local authority to notify them of any periods of unauthorised absence that causes concern.

Fixed penalty notices can then be issued by the local authority as follows:

  • A fixed penalty notice of £60.00 would be issued to each parent for each child i.e. a 2 parent family with 2 children = £240.00.
  • The following would also apply: £60.00 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120.00 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt.

I must also remind you that the local authority imposes the fixed penalty notice and the school does not benefit financially from this.

Please support us by ensuring your child arrives to school each day and on time. If your child needs to have the day off for sickness, please ensure also that you telephone our office to notify them of the absence each day.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to term time absence, fixed penalty notices or your child’s attendance, please contact the Family Support Worker Miss Johnson in the first instance.

Thank you in advance for your continued support in ensuring that your son/daughter attends school every day and on time.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J Robinson

Interim Headteacher

 

Click here to view the letter sent home with children and also via ParentMail on Friday 11th January 2019.