School Attendance and Absence
If your child is not coming into school you will need to call the school office every day they are absent between 8am to 8.30am telephone number 0208 521 2115. Please advise staff of your child's name, form and the reason why they are not coming into school.
If your child has a doctor, dentist or medical appointment we require a note /letter from you in your child's journal explaining when and why your child will be absent and for how long. Your child will need to show this note to their Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year in advance.
Most doctor and dentists offer appointments outside the school day, when possible we encourage parents to choose these times so it does not disrupt your child's learning.
Regular school attendance -
why it is so important
Going to school regularly is important for your child's future. For example children who miss school often can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams.
Good attendance shows potential employers that your child is reliable. Research suggests that children who go to school regularly could also be less at risk at getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime.
All schools are required to record details of attendance and absences at school. They do so at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions. If you child is absence, it is required that you tell the school the reason for the absence.
You must make sure your child get's a full time education that meets their needs. You can send your child to school or educate them yourself.
Children must get an education after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the second year they turn 16.
You'll be contacted by either:
- the school - if your child is enrolled in school and doesnt turn up (even if they're absent for one day)
- the council's educational welfare officer (EWO) - if they think your child is not getting a suitable education at home.
You can be prosecuted if you don't give your child an education. You'll normally get warnings and offers of help from the local council first.
You can get educational and attendance information from your council.
When can your child miss school
You can only allow your child to miss school if either:
-they're too ill to go in
-you've got advance permission from the school
There's extra support available if your child can't go to school for long periods because of a health problem.
Holidays in term time
You have to get permission from the head teacher in advance if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
-you make an application to the head in advance (as a parent the child usually lives with)
-there are exceptional circumstances
It is up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school's permission.