As every parent is aware, children’s attendance at school is statutory and is closely tracked. The Admin Team monitors any patterns in absence/lateness and will contact parents directly if they are at all concerned.
If your child is unwell, then we understand that this cannot be helped, however you must contact the school daily with the full details, so that this can be logged and monitored:
Tel: 01784 432155 (leave a message on the absence line by 9am)
Please note, if your child’s attendance falls below 92% and the absence is unexplained, then you will be contacted by letter - attendance must improve over the following weeks.
If your child’s attendance has fallen below 90% then this is considered ‘persistent absenteeism’. This level of absence is incredibly serious, and is the equivalent of missing half a day of school a week. You will be contacted directly and required to attend an attendance meeting in school, where an action plan for improvement will be put in place. We have a duty of care to safeguard all children and all persistent absenteeism is reported to the Inclusion Officer at Surrey.
Notice from the Education Welfare Service (EWS) Enforcement Team at Surrey:
Just to remind parents/carers that if they take their children out of school without authority for 5 or more days (which do not need to be consecutive), they will be liable to receive a penalty notice. Currently the amount payable under a penalty notice is £60 per parent/carer, per child, if paid within 21 days. Thereafter the amount increases to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after 28 days, the Local Authority will consider a prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Please note that penalty notices are issued per parent/carer, per child, so a family of two parents and two children will receive 4 penalty notices.