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St Michael's C.E. VA Primary & Pre-School

Headteacher Mr Nick Kiddle

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Absence

Good attendance at school is really important if your child is to be settled, confident and learn well.two girls at table 2
We expect all of our children to attend as often as possible and will contact you personally so that we can work together if your child's attendance is below 90%.

Please phone the school before 9.15 if your child is absent due to being ill..
If you send your child to school and they become unwell we will always contact you so that they are not in any distress.

If we do not hear from you we will phone to enquire before 10am to ensure your child's safety.

We do recognise that there are times when it is important for the children to share time away with their family and our governors will authorise a maximum of 5 days holiday - via a holiday request form for children who's attendence is above 90%.

Please ask for a holiday request form from the office.

July 19th---Amendments to School Attendance Regulations

As many of you will already be aware, the Department for Education have made changes to the school attendance regulations. These changes will come into force from 1st September 2013.

The changes mean that we can no longer grant leave for family holiday during term time. We may only grant leave during term time if there are exceptional circumstances.

preschool 14 boy with bricksWe will continue to have request forms in the office from September and would ask that you use these as a way of arranging a meeting with me first to discuss any plans that you have which you feel are exceptional. If you take your child out of school, and leave has not been granted for exceptional circumstances, your child will be marked as having an unauthorised absence.

While we have no choice but to comply with the new regulations, I am aware that this may cause some families a challenge.

Dorset Local Authority have asked that we give you their thoughts on the changes:

“Dorset County Council Children’s Services Directorate, fully supports schools in expecting parents and carers to make sure that children and young people attend school on a regular basis. Any time away from school can have a significant impact on educational attainment, success in later life and longer term health and well being.

Dorset County Council will be supporting all schools in ensuring the law is upheld. In law, parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure the regular and punctual attendance at school. Therefore, any unauthorised absence, such as taking holidays in term time, can result in a Fixed Term Penalty Notice. Failure to pay a Fixed Term Penalty Notice may result in a criminal conviction and a fine in the Magistrates Court of up to £1000.”

The Local Authority have sent a consultation document to school with reference to Fixed Term Penalty Notice Code of Conduct. We will have further information about this when the decisions have been made.

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