Attendance at Queen’s Park Infant Academy
Summary for Parents/Carers
Classroom doors open at 8.45am and close at 8.55am, the registers will be kept open until 9.10am. Children arriving after 8.55am will need to report to the school office to be signed in, if they arrive after 9.10am this will be recorded as ‘late’ in the register. Anyone arriving after 9.25am will receive an unauthorised mark. Lateness is considered as an unauthorised absence except for medical appointments or a similar authorised visit.
First Day of Absence
We ask all parents to notify the school as soon as possible to report the reason for their child’s absence. This can be done by texting the school absence line on
07860 004486 or by telephoning the school office on: 01202 528805. If no explanation for absence is received, the School Receptionist will then send a text to the parent/carer requesting a call to the school.
If a child continues to be absent for more than one day without the parent/carer confirming the reason, the school will call the named contacts held on file to obtain a reason. It is essential that the school hold accurate and up to date contact details including telephone numbers and addresses. We ask that all adults with parental responsibility inform the school office of any changes.
Appointments during School Day
Where possible please try to make routine medical appointments i.e. GP, Dental, outside of school hours. Please inform your teacher beforehand of any upcoming appointments. If you have an appointment card or letter please give a copy to the main office or your class teacher.
Full attendance is expected during term time, except in exceptional circumstances. ( see below)
Requests for leave should be put in writing in advance and sent to the Headteacher. The Headteacher may also consider ethnic or religious observance or if the leave is important for the cohesion of the family following a traumatic event.
Can we remind parents that Penalty Notices may be issued when absence requests for holidays are considered unauthorised and families take the holiday during term time.
Exceptional circumstances are:-
- Death of a sibling or close relative (parent/grandparent)
- Serious illness of sibling or close relative (parent/grandparent) N.B. may require medical evidence
- Eviction from home
- Wedding - immediate parent/carer
- Recovery from trauma or crisis
In cases where attendance is particularly poor the school may request the Local Authority to issue a penalty notice. Penalty notices impose a £60 fine on parents if paid in 21 days or £120 if paid in 28 days. The fines are per parent, per child. Unpaid fines can lead to prosecution. Please see below.
Unauthorised absences are treated seriously by the school and the Local Authority. Initially we will aim to resolve any such absences by contacting parents directly to offer support, but if there are persistent problems of either punctuality or attendance the local authority is informed. When parents have concerns about their child’s attendance, we encourage them to discuss these with the Pupil Family Support Worker.
10 Days Absence / Children Missing in Education
Any pupil who is absent without an explanation for 10 consecutive days will be notified to the Local Authority, by submitting a Children Missing in Education referral. [A legal requirement]. Please see below.
Date: December 2018