If your child has an appointment to attend during school time e.g. doctor, dentist, we will now need proof (a letter or text confirming the appointment) when you collect your child. Otherwise, this will be put down as an unauthorised absence on your child’s record.
If your child’s attendance goes below 90%, we do have to report this to the Educational Welfare officer and you could receive a fine.
As you are aware, the Department of Education (DfE) made important changes to the law in 2013 for families wanting to request leave of absence in term time. The changes made it clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time, unless they are exceptional circumstances.
We have been told by Staffordshire County Council that they are now issuing fines for families taking holidays during term time. This can be as little as one day of absence if it is not seen as an exceptional circumstance or illness.
As a Staffordshire school, we are now legally required to send Staffordshire County Council any applications of unauthorised absence that we receive into school. We ask that you understand that it is not a school decision whether or not to fine parents. This is the responsibility of Staffordshire County Council.
The penalty notice fine would be:
- £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days, rising to
- £120 per parent, per child if paid between 21-28 days
- If the fine is not paid within 28 days, you may be prosecuted under S444.1 of the Education Act 1996.
I must advise you that if the prosecution takes place, the maximum fine is £1000 per parent, per child. This reflects the seriousness of unauthorised absence from school. I am sure that you understand that our key priority is to ensure that your child is as successful as possible and gains maximum benefits from their educational experience.
Each week we will be recording the attendance of every class in school. The attendance % will then be recorded on each class' door. The class with the highest attendance will be celebrated during Monday's worship.
Additionally, there will be stickers and certificates for those children who have maintained 100% attendance for a half term and term.
Those children who attend school for a whole year will receive a special prize at the end of academic year.
In order to receive your attendance mark, you must arrive to school on time.
If you arrive to school after 8.55am then you will be recorded as late on the register and will need to come into School via the Office.
We are really looking forward to celebrating the wonderful attendance of the children at Christ Church!
How high is our Attendance?
Each week we will record the highest attending class in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Autumn Term 2018
week beginning 2nd September 2019: KS1 - Miss Garrard's Rec class and both Year 1 classes
KS2 - Both Year 3 classes and Mr Tilt's Y4 class
week beginning 9th September 2019: KS1 - Mrs Dawson's Rec class KS2 - Mrs Packham's Y5 class