Beckley C of E Primary School

Absences

Absences

If your child is ill it is important that you telephone the school office (01865 351416) before 9.30 am to inform us of the absence.

In all other cases, advance notice of absence is required.  Application forms for Leave of Absence (ie medical appointment or other family circumstance) are available from the school office.

From September 2013 The Department of Education has amended to the regulations with regard to attendance and Headteachers in all schools are no longer allowed to authorise leave of absence for any family holidays. Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances (DFE Guidance June 2013).

The Local Authority is currently reviewing their penalty notice arrangements.

It cannot be emphasised enough how disruptive and detrimental even a day’s absence is to a child’s education.

In 2014/2015 the school had an absence rate of 3.41% but with the co-operation of the parents it is hoped this rate could be reduced in the future.

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