The school considers that regular school attendance is essential if children are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process.
Individual absences are carefully considered and unjustified absences will not be authorised. Registered pupils of compulsory school age are required by law to be in school.
Explanations for all absences are required.
Schools are not obliged to accept parental notes/messages where there is reason to doubt the validity of the explanation offered.
The school can authorise the following absences provided it is satisfied with the validity of the explanation given
The School can no longer take into account previous good attendance, but will be forced to consider a Penalty Notice if holidays are taken in term-time. If parents decide to take their children on holiday during term-time the school will refer this unauthorised absence to the Educational Welfare Service and a Penalty Notice may be issued. Please note that such a penalty is issued by Bristol City Council to each parent for each child taken out of school. A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 28 days. Thereafter, if the Penalty remains unpaid, this may result in legal action.
School cannot accept reasons such as:
Looking after the house, brothers or sisters, shopping, birthday parties, football excursions, recreation days etc.
In most cases, absences for illness will be authorised unless there is a genuine reason to believe that the illness is not genuine. The school reserves the right to request supporting medical evidence for any period of illness. This can be in the form of a medical appointment card / letter or a prescription issued on the day of absence. In some cases school may request a letter from a GP.
Absences due to illness, which have not been reported, to the school by the Parent/Carer on the first day of absence will not be authorised and will be recorded as unauthorised. The reporting of any absence remains the responsibility of the Parent/Carer.
If a child is expected to be absent for more than a day due to a serious or prolonged illness, parents can provide the school with the expected date of return. We do however ask parents to keep the school updated during this period of absence.
Where a child is absent due to vomiting or diarrhoea and it is believed this is due to a virus/bug the child must not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode of illness, this is to reduce the risk of infection to other children and adults at the school.
However if a child has vomited as a result of having become over excited, has over eaten, has been running around/ been swimming and swallowed some water for example then they can return to school following that episode. The 48 hour ‘rule’ does not apply.
If you are in any doubt and would like some advice please ring the school office on 0117 9031932
Missing registration due to a medical or dental appointment is recorded as an authorised absence. However where possible we ask parents/carers to make appointments outside of school hours.
Where appointments during school time are unavoidable, the child should be absent for as short a period of time as possible.
All absences for medical or dental appointments be supported by providing the school office with sight of or a copy of the appointment card or letter – only then will be absence be authorised.
Lateness is considered not only to be disruptive to your child’s continuity of learning but also to that of others within their class. Children can become distressed/embarrassed when they are late into class.
Children are expected to be on the playground at 8.40 am, ready in class to start learning at 8.50 am.
The register will close at 9.00 am
Children arriving after these times will be recorded as late and report to the school office. Children arriving after 9.30 am will be marked in the register as having an unauthorised absence for the whole session.
Children who have at least 8 absences (after 9.30 am) and/or any other unauthorised absences within a 10 week period may be subject to a Penalty Notice being requested from Bristol City Council.