Regular attendance at school is important for your child’s learning, development, future opportunities and friendships. Every time your child misses school he or she is missing valuable learning and we want all of our children to have every opportunity available to them so that they have more opportunities later in life. For a child to reach their full potential a high level of school attendance is essential.
We aim for all pupils to attend school for 100% of the time. Our minimum expectation is an attendance of at least 97% or better.
Please ring the school by 9.00am to record your child’s absence, or use the Parentmail PMX app.
Family Holidays and Penalty Notices
Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance online. As such, all parents/carers are expected wherever possible to plan and take their family holidays at this time so as not to disrupt their children’s education. Education law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave; and it is the headteachers decision on whether the absence is exceptional and how many days to approve within Hampshire’s guidelines.
Parents/carers who take their child out of school without the absence being agreed and authorised by written permission from the school can be issued with a penalty fine.
Extended unauthorised absences may lead to fines.
Good attendance is vital to your child’s progress at school. However, please do keep your child off school if they have a contagious illness or are very poorly. Use the table below as a guide to help you decide what to do if your child is unwell and how long to keep them off.
Should my child be in school?
Hampshire Unauthorised Absence Letter Guidelines