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Attendance

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 has a terrible effect on your child's chances of success in education and adulthood.

 

Making sure your child attends school as much as possible means:-

 

  • Your child will build friendships easily, making them happier and more confident;
  • Your child will have the same education and opportunities as everyone else in the class;
  • You won’t need to worry about catching up on work, or that your child might fall behind because of missing an important lesson; and,
  • Your child won’t miss out on activities at the start and end of term which are often lots of fun!

 

As a school, we aim to support parents and carers in ensuring their child has good attendance and punctuality by providing the following:

 

  • A free Breakfast Club;
  • A free Walking Bus (i.e. two members of staff collect children from drop-off points or from children's homes to walk the children to school); 
  • Cheap after-school Wraparound Care (i.e. £8 per session 3:15-6:00pm for 1 child or £10 per session for 2 or more children from the same family); and,
  • Rewarding children for their attendance (e.g. a weekly attendance prize, an annual prize draw for those children maintaining 100% attendance).  

 

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; or,

 

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

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.     

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 submit a formal request to the headteacher via the school office. The headteacher will then consider whether to grant 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 holidays being cheaper during term time, holidays that have already been paid for by someone else, or absences that coincide with important school events (e.g. start of term, end of term, exams etc.).

 

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 will receive a formal warning letter, and, depending on your child's attendance at that point, you will receive a fixed penalty notice if the following circumstances apply:

 

  • The child's absence has been unauthorised by the school;
  • The child has had 15 half days (or 7 and a half full days) unauthorised absence in the current and/or previous term;
  • The school has sent a formal warning letter;
  • The school or Local Authority Attendance Officer believe issuing a fixed penalty notice could reduce further school absence;
  • Issuing a fixed penalty notice will not conflict with any other legal action being taken;
  • No more than two separate fixed penalty notices have been issued to a parent within any 12-month period; and,
  • The fixed penalty notice is issued for children of compulsory school age.

 

Regarding the fixed penalty notice, the amount payable is £60 per parent if paid within 21 days or £120 per parent if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of the notice. 

 

If the notice remains unpaid after the expiry of the payment period and the Local Authority has not withdrawn the notice, the Local Authority will prosecute for the offence under section 444 of the Education Act 1996. All decisions to prosecute (or not) rest with the Local Authority.

 

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