If your child is absent from school due to illness, please ring school on the first day of absence to inform us of the reason. If your child is absent for more than one day we also require a letter when they return to school.
We ask parents to try to avoid appointments during the school day whenever possible. If your child does need to attend an appointment, please provide us with details in writing.
For any other absences please complete a Leave of Absence Request Form, which can be downloaded below or collected from the school office.
How Our School Monitors Attendance
The register is taken twice a day. The school will record information about absence by telephone, in person and preferably followed up by a letter on the child’s return.
If the school has not been informed of a child’s absence, the Headteacher or School Admin Officer will make a phone call to the parent/care on their first day of absence.
If a child has excessive absence, then a letter will be sent from the Head teacher requesting further information.
Children’s attendance is closely monitored. If a child’s attendance falls below 90%, your child’s attendance will be discussed with parents/carers and in a Team around the School meeting. A member of Services for Young People may make home visit or the Head teacher will invite the parent/carer to discuss ways that the school can support the family in improving attendance.
Holidays in Term Time
Please note that absences will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.
After illness, the taking of holidays in term time is the single largest cause of absence from schools in England. At Alexandra Park Primary, we believe that holidays in term time are undesirable because of the impact on our pupils’ education, and we encourage parents always to take family holidays in the school holidays.
Research has shown that there is a clear link between levels of attendance and levels of achievement and that, in short, the more time a pupil misses school, the lower their levels of achievement are likely to be.
Taking holidays in term time has a disruptive effect upon pupils’ learning and it is often difficult for pupils to catch up with work that has been missed. It may also suggest to some pupils that their education is not an important priority.
Headteachers have a limited discretion to authorize up to ten days of absence for holidays a year or, exceptionally, longer. However, the legislation and guidance from the Department for children, Schools and Families make it clear that schools should only approve holidays exceptionally and only if satisfied that special circumstances apply which outweigh the harmful impact upon the particular pupil’s education. As a result, it will be rare for holidays to be approved.
If you wish to request permission for a term time holiday please complete and return a Leave of Absence Form at least four weeks before the start of the proposed holiday.
Please be aware that holidays taken without permission may lead to fixed penalty fines of up to £120 per parent for each pupil being issued by the Local Authority.