The Importance of attendance

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.

Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. For example, only 12% of pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades 4-9 including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95%. 

Good attendance at school shows potential employers that a young person is reliable. Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Your responsibility as a parent

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.

Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues. If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.

If your child is poorly, please call the school office before 8am to let us know.

We expect parents to respect our 48 hour policy – if your child(ren) has had sickness and diarrhoea we ask you not to bring them back to school until they have been 48 hours clear of any symptoms

Request for Absence

As a school we cannot authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time. Requests for leave can only be granted if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

A penalty notice is a fine issues to parents or carers if they fail to ensure that their child/ren attend school regularly. This penalty notice is issued by Oxford City Council. Penalty fines are £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the fine is not paid, parents will be reported for prosecution.

Oxfordshire County Council’s updated code of conduct for issuing penalty notices for unauthorised absence takes effect 1 December 2016 and can be found here

There will be contact between school and the family in relation to attendance ahead of a penalty notice being issued.