Attendance Matters and YOU can help
School education lays the vital foundations of a child’s life. Research clearly demonstrates the link between regular attendance and educational progress and attainment. Parents/carers and school staff should work in partnership in making education a success and in ensuring that all pupils have full and equal access to all that the school has to offer.
Somervale School encourages parents and carers to ensure that their child achieves maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent this are identified and acted on promptly. We are acutely aware of the importance of good attendance and good progress and outcomes are closely linked to the number of days a student attends the school.
We expect that all pupils will:
We expect that all parents/carers will:
Parents & carers need to report absence daily via telephone or in person. This ensures that schools can fulfil their requirements to monitor attendance and safeguard children.
Punctuality when attending school is crucial. Lateness causes disruption to that individual’s learning and to that of the other pupils in the class. It is really important therefore that all pupils arrive at their school on time. Parents/Carers who do not ensure their child is on time, are in breach of the Education act 1996 section 444 (1).
The school staff must know where the pupils are during the school day.
Absence during term time will not be authorised unless there are very exceptional circumstances and never at the following times:
If absences are not authorised, and they are still taken, the matter will be referred to the Children Missing Education Service and a penalty notice requested. If unauthorised holiday is taken, no further absences will be authorised without medical evidence.
Further details of this (including costs) are included on the Penalty Notice Parents Information sent by schools or at the end of this policy.
A Leave of Absence Form (download here) should be completed by the parents/carers and passed to the pastoral team at least two weeks ahead of the absence. The pastoral team will review the attendance and pass to the Headteacher with regard to formal authorisation. If the absence is authorised this will be marked in the register and a letter will be sent to that effect.
If the absence is not authorised the parent will be notified in writing by post or email.
The Headteacher, will be responsible for overseeing any Penalty Notice Request.
Further details are available on the school Attendance Policy.