Regular school attendance is very important to giving your child the best possible start in life. Children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work, don’t perform as well in exams and are more likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour or crime. By law, children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. You’re legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly. If they don’t, you’ll be contacted by your child’s school or the local authority, who have the legal power to issue penalties.
Southwark Council, September 2017
To request permission for absence during term time the form Leave During Term Time needs to be completed and returned to the school office by hand or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 2 weeks prior to the absence taking place.
We are unable to authorise absence requests for family holidays. Please do not arrange holidays in term time. Children have 13 weeks of holidays per year – all holidays should be booked in this time.
All absences should be reported to the school office by 9:30am on the first day. (e.g. when a child is ill). You can notify the school via the Studybugs App, ParentMail App or by calling the school office and selecting option 1 and leaving a message on the absence line.
We understand that children need to attend medical and dental appointments on occasion during term time. To avoid disruption to their learning, please endeavour to arrange appointments outside of the school day. However, if your child does need to attend an appointment, please ensure you provide an appointment letter to the school office as far in advance as possible.