Taking holidays during term time
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013; these came into force on 1st September 2013. These regulations set out the new rules governing leave of absence during term time and states that "headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are "exceptional circumstances". Click here for further details.
HELP GIVE YOUR CHILD THE BEST START IN LIFE - EVERY DAY COUNTS AT SCHOOL
Children of school age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend their school regularly. Regular attendance is the best way of making sure that your child makes the most of the educational opportunities which are available to him or her.
When your child is absent from school, he or she misses not only the teaching provided but is also less prepared for the lessons after his or her return. An average child has an attendance rate of around 96% which equates to missing around ten days across a whole school year due to sickness and appointments.
95% attendance means your child misses the equivalent of one day every four weeks
90% attendance means your child misses the equivalent of one day every two weeks
85% attendance means your child misses the equivalent of one and a half days every two weeks
80% attendance means your child misses the equivalent of one day every week
In total there are 175 non-school days every year
Research shows that children with over 90% attendance during their school career are more likely to gain 5 or more A-C GCSE's or equivalent.
It is really important that children arrive in school on time each day. Children who arrive late not only miss valuable information but also feel embarrassed at having to enter lessons late. The impact of this embarrassment goes on throughout the lesson and in some cases throughout the day.
The school opens at 8.30am and registration starts at 8.40am. Children arriving after 8.40am are classed as late. The first lessons of each day are usually English or Maths so frequently arriving late can severly impact a child's progress.
Arriving 5 mins late every day = 3.4 days of a school year missed
Arriving 10 mins late every day = 6.9 days of a school year missed
Arriving 15 mins late every day = 10.3 days of a school year missed
Arriving 20 mins late every day = 13.8 days of a school year missed
Arriving 30 mins late every day = 20.7 days of a school year missed