Late / Absence Procedures
Attendance & Leave of Absence
At Heatherley Primary School, we believe that regular attendance is of the highest importance in making sure all our children get the best learning outcomes.
Statistics show that there is a direct link between poor attendance and under achievement. Children who come to school regularly and on time make better progress both academically and socially.
Application for leave of absence during term time
The guidelines regarding holidays in term time, as set by the Department for Education, state that we are unable to authorise holidays during term time unless there is an exceptional circumstance.
Please complete a Leave of Absence Form and return it to the school office if your child is going to be away.
The Department for Education states that absence for holidays in term time due to the following reasons will not be authorised:
- availability of cheap holidays
- availability of desired accommodation
- poor weather experienced in the school holiday period
- overlap with beginning or end of term
- holidays booked before checking with the school
- day trips
Parents/carers will still be required to complete a Leave of Absence Form, which can also be obtained from our school office four weeks in advance of the holiday and if there are exceptional reasons why the holiday needs to be taken during term time we may be able to authorise the leave. If we are unable to authorise the holiday you may choose to continue with your plans but this absence will be marked as unauthorised and there is a possibility that if your child’s attendance is unsatisfactory the Local Authority may take action against you for failure to ensure regular attendance.
We understand that this may cause difficulties for some families, but the link between good attendance rates and high achievement levels is clear and the Department for Education is keen to ensure that all young people maximise their chances of success by attending school whenever possible.
We work closely with primary schools in the Garibaldi Family to ensure that we all apply the guidelines consistently.
Thank you for your cooperation, we will try to work with you but we are restricted by these guidelines