Every day matters!
- Last Updated: Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:32
Every single day of your child's schooling matters!
Regular attendance at school goes hand in hand with good academic achievement. Your child must attend school for 190 days each year. This is a legal requirement from the age of 5. The only exception to this is when there are legitimate reasons for your child’s absence. Not all illnesses need your child to be absent from school, a cold for example, and if you need advice, please ask. Please be assured that if your child is too unwell for school, we will always contact you. Last year, children missed too many school days due to minor illnesses - we'd like your support to help us improve this.
This then leaves 175 non-school days each year. These days are when shopping, holidays, family time, visits and appointments should take place.
Our whole school attendance last year fell below the national average of all other primary schools. This is not good enough and we are doing everything in our power to improve attendance this year.
Please be aware that, as communicated to you previously, we will be following Northamptonshire County Council policy and referring any unauthorised absence (including term-time holidays) of longer than 10 sessions (5 days) to the Educational Inclusion Partnership Team. This team will consider taking further action and I am reminding you that the outcome of this could be a Penalty Notice, payable directly to the Local Authority.
The penalty notice is £120 per parent/carer for each child. This must be paid within 28 days. If the fine is paid within 21 days, this is reduced to £60 per adult per child.
I realise that the vast majority of parents do not take family holidays in term time as they recognise the significant impact this can have on their child's education. As a parent (and someone who can only take holidays outside of term time), I truly appreciate the difficulties in only being able to travel during school holiday periods. However, it is vital that we work together to ensure that all children are in school for the full 190 days each year.
Thank you for your support with this matter.