Every minute matters!
With the support of Surrey County Council, we are working hard on strategies to improve both attendance and punctuality. As a Multi-Academy Trust, we are committed to encouraging and supporting parents in ensuring their children achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent this are identified and acted upon promptly.
We strongly believe that a positive attitude towards attendance is a key factor in ensuring individual progress, attainment and achievement. We expect all children on the register to attend every school day, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.
Passport Challenges are held every term targeting classes with the lowest attendance, encouraging the children to be in school.
Exceptional Leave of Absence
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday. While family holidays are enriching experiences, the school year is designed to give families the opportunity for these breaks without having to disrupt their children’s education.
The Education (Pupil Registration)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2013, which became law on 1st September 2013 states that Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Where a parent wishes to request a leave of absence, a formal request must be made in writing to the Head Teacher, who will consider the application on behalf of the Governors. A leave of absence form is available to download (below), or from the school office. The parent may also be invited into school to meet with the Head or Deputy Head Teacher to discuss the request.
If a holiday is taken without prior authorisation by the school, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and a penalty notice may be issued from Surrey County Council. Details of the guidelines are available from the school office.
Parents should be aware that if a child is taken out of school for a period exceeding 20 school days without the permission of the Head Teacher s/he will be removed from the school roll unless evidence of sickness or unavoidable cause explaining such absence is provided to the school.
Please respect your child’s right to be in school, learning, every day!