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Our aim is for every child to be in school each and every day.  This is because absence and lateness mean lost learning time which can have a terrible effect on your child's chances of success in adulthood.

 

The table below shows you that if for example your child were to miss 20 school days every year during their time in school (e.g. 2 weeks on a holiday + 10 days absent throughout the year) he or she would end up missing an entire school year.  All research points to the fact that those children who maintain attendance above 96% are more likely to do well in tests and exams, making it easier for them to secure jobs and find success in whatever career they choose.  

 

Attendance  Days absent in a year School time missed by the end of secondary school
100% 0 0
95% 10 Half a year
90% 20 1 whole school year
85% 30 1 and a half school years
80% 40 2 whole school years

 

 

If every day your child was... In a year, your child would lose the following number of days in education:
5 minutes late 3 days
10 minutes late 6 and a half days
15 minutes late 10 days
20 minutes late 13 days
30 minutes late 19 and a half days

 

Please aim to bring your child to school every day and on time. 

 

Remember, a tired child may present as being unwell, only for them to bounce back to their normal upbeat self once in school with their teacher and friends - if your child continued to feel unwell, we would of course contact a parent or guardian to collect them.  Equally, if you keep your child off school due to sickness only to find them bouncing around by 10am, we would be very grateful if you were to dress them in school uniform and bring them into school as soon as possible.     

How do I report a child's absence from school?

 

If your child is genuinely unwell, you can let the school know in one of the following ways:

 

1) Telephone 01992 624099 and select Option 3 and then Option 1; or,

 

2) E-mail admin@hurstdrive.herts.sch.uk and state your child's full name and the reason for their absence from school.

 

 

What should I do if I need to remove my child/children from school during term time?

 

What does the law say?

 

The government changed the rules on term-time absence in 2013. Under the new rules, you can only allow your child to miss school if:-

 

  • He or she is too ill to go in; or,
  • You’ve got advance permission from the school.

 

How do I request permission for an absence?

 

You must submit a request form (see the form below) to the school before you arrange for your child to have time away. If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, you should speak to your child’s teacher and submit a formal request to the headteacher via the school office. The headteacher will then consider whether to give permission for the absence.

 

When will absence requests be granted?

 

Permission for absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Examples of circumstances that are not exceptional are cheap holidays, holidays that have already been paid for, or absences that coincide with important school events (e.g. start of term, exams etc.). The headteacher will consider each absence request individually and decide whether to grant the absence. Most absence requests will be unauthorised but you should still fill out the form to avoid your child being removed from the register if he/she has 20 unauthorised consecutive days off school or 10 unauthorised days off school following an authorised absence.

 

What if I take my child on an unauthorised absence?

 

If you take your child out of school without advance permission (except where he or she is unwell), you can be fined or even prosecuted. This could involve:-

 

  • A fixed penalty notice of £60 within 21 days, or £120 within 28 days; or,
  • A parenting order, education supervision order or school attendance order where your child repeatedly misses school without a good reason.

 

If you do decide to go ahead with an unauthorised absence, you should aim for your child to be in school every day thereafter so their overall attendance improves and/or maintains at 96% or above by the end of the school year.


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