Why is Good School Attendance so Important?
At Holy Trinity Primary we are working closely as a school family to improve our attendance levels so that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Good attendance is a skill for life and attendance has an impact on a child’s whole school experience. As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence.
We monitor the attendance of every child in the school. If we have concerns about your child’s attendance then in the first instance we will contact you to offer support, however if your child’s attendance continues to pose a problem then you will be requested to attend our Attendance Panel.
Our governor’s decided in June 2013 that we would no longer be authorising any holiday for your child. Any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.
UPDATE - MARCH 2016- The Full Governing Body of Holy Trinity recently voted to amend the Attendance policy in line with Calderdale policy. Therefore, any child taking 5 days or more unauthorised absence will be liable to a penalty notice and fine for taking their children out of school. The fine is £60 to £120 per parent, per child. In addition the child may lose their school place.
90 % attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:
one half day each week
nearly four weeks every school year
over one school year in a school career
Together we can achieve it – We need your help!
Nursery Persistent Absenteeism
In the event of poor or non-attendance, the Local Authority may withdraw your funding entitlement in relation to your Nursery place.