Absence from School

If your child is going to be absent, please telephone the school office between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. each day your child is absent to inform the school, providing a reason for the absence.  It is a legal requirement that absences must always be explained in writing. Please send a written note via your child’s reading packet on his or her return.

The school requests that medical/dental appointments are arranged outside school hours wherever possible to minimise the time that children are not in school.  In the event that an appointment has to be made during school hours, please notify the school in writing or provide a copy of the medical letter at least a day in advance of the appointment.

Term Time Absences

On 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 stated that ‘schools may only grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances that are not related to holidays’.

Any request for absence must be made well in advance of the absence in writing to the Headteacher explaining why the circumstance of the absence is exceptional. Examples of exceptional circumstances include the funeral of a cIose family member, or the sudden loss of housing.

The government guidance states that in the rare circumstance when the Headteacher is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstance for an absence, he or she will determine the number of days a child can be away from school.  Absences which are not permitted due to exceptional circumstances are recorded on your child’s record as unauthorised.

The government threshold for persistent absence is 90% attendance.  Attendance below 90% is proven to have a detrimental effect on a child’s learning and academic success.  St Elizabeth’s works with the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer to support good school attendance.