Attendance and Holidays During Term Time
In order to reach their highest potential, we feel that constant, punctual attendance to school is vital. Research has proven that even short breaks from school can reduce a pupil’s chances of succeeding by as much as a quarter. The research is based on extensive pupil absence figures and both GCSE and primary school test results, and it highlights the importance of clamping down on pupil absence to ensure more pupils regularly attend school, and ultimately leave with the qualifications needed to succeed in modern Britain.
This research shows where pupils miss up to just 14 days of school are a quarter, they are less likely to achieve the required level or above in reading, writing or maths tests than those with no absence. The research also highlights the striking differences in achievement between pupils with the best and worst attendance records. It shows:
The government’s plan for education includes a number of reforms to encourage good behaviour and attendance in school, including:
As a consequence of this, we are unable to authorise any holidays during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
We follow the regulations as set out by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. You can view them here. If you wish to request a leave of absence, please speak to Mrs O’Sullivan in the office. We would strongly recommend that you do this before planning any leave of absence. You will then be given a holiday request form. This request should be made by the parent or carer with whom the child lives. This is the case even where it is another person who wishes to take the child out of school. You will then receive a reply from the headteacher within a 14 days, which will dictate whether your request has been authorised or unauthorised.
If the absence hasn’t been authorised, but you remove your child from school, the absences will be marked in the school register as unauthorised absences. This may result in fixed penalty fines of £60 (rising to £120) per parent per child being issued by the Local Authority. In some cases, parents may be prosecuted for the offence of failure to ensure regular school attendance.
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