At Kimpton Primary School we strive to provide the highest possible educational standards for all children entrusted to us by their parents or carers, There is a proven link between attendance and attainment, and it is therefore essential that children attend school regularly.
The Department for Education states that parents are expected t0:
- Ensure their child attends every day the school is open except when a statutory reason applies.
- Notify the school as soon as possible when their child has to be unexpectedly absent (e.g. sickness).
- Only request leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and do so in advance.
- Book any medical appointments around the school day where possible
Absence and lateness inevitably causes distress to the child and inconvenience to the staff. Our rationale for not wanting children to be taken out of school during term time is that:
- Holidays in term time break the continuity of learning and gaps in learning often take a long time to be resolved.
- Teachers may not have the time to ‘re-teach’ what has been missed during a holiday.
- Children find it hard to break back into friendship groups causing considerable stress and unhappiness, further impacting on learning.
- Children taking holidays during September miss out on learning classroom routines, causing distress and anxiety upon return.
- Children suffer a loss of confidence as a result of feeling ‘left behind’’ and worry about ‘catching up.’
- Children are disappointed when they work towards activities but then miss out as a result of being away.
Absence from school
Parents do not have the right to take children of compulsory school age out of school during term time. By law you must request permission from the Headteacher for your child to miss school for any reason.
A Request for Absence form (please complete and submit the online form on this page) must be completed for any term time absence (with the exception of medical and dental appointments) at least two weeks before the proposed absence.
The following requests for absence will not be authorised:
- Holiday requests during term time, unless there is an ‘exceptional circumstance’
- Absence requests for a child’s birthday, ‘family reasons’ or parental ‘work commitments’
- Absence at the start of the school term, particularly September, where the start of the year is so formative
- Any requests during formal assessment periods or in the run up to statutory assessments.
The above statements are not exhaustive and it is recognised that there will be times when compelling and exceptional reasons will mean absence from school.
As attendance is so important, if your child’s attendance falls below 95%, we will not authorise any absence. As a school, we have a duty to inform the Hertfordshire Local Authority if any pupil has 10 days' or more unauthorised absence from school. Attendance below 90% is classed ‘persistent absenteeism’, and this will trigger an investigation from the Education Welfare Service. If attendance does not improve, legal proceedings may be considered by the Local Authority.
You can find our Attendance Policy, which covers all of the above in more detail, on our Policies page.