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					                           The Catholic School of Saint Gregory The Great




                            ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY


OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We provide a secure and happy environment in which every member of our school community is welcomed,
valued and respected as part of God’s family.
We promote this through:
            A daily life which seeks to reflect the life and teachings of Jesus.
            A curriculum which encourages the growth of the whole child.
            Working with each other with the Church and the Wider Community.

AIMS
To fulfil our Mission Statement, we will:
            Provide a secure, stimulating Catholic environment where both children and adults can learn,
             grow and develop to their full potential.
            Ensure that each child is valued and respected.
            Develop faith in Jesus Christ through our teaching and the way we live and worship in our
             school.
            Develop the ability of both children and adults to deal responsibly with social, spiritual and
             moral issues.
            Encourage everyone to value and respect people from all cultures and communities
            Establish open and respectful communication between pupils, teachers, parents and the wider
             community




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                            ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great is committed to achieving high standards in the learning and
achievement levels of all our pupils. We believe that pupils are better placed to fulfil their potential both
academically and socially if they have a good attendance and punctuality record. It is equally important that
children are not in school if they are unwell.

Holidays
The latest recommendations from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and
Gloucestershire County Council states that time off school for family holidays is not a right. Schools have the
discretion to allow up to 10 days absence in a school year for a family holiday if they believe that the
circumstances warrant it.

The DCSF states that many parents think the time a child misses for a family holiday doesn't affect their
schoolwork. But a child who takes a two week holiday (10 days off school) every year of their school life will
miss 24 weeks of their formal education - almost a whole school year. This is in addition to unavoidable
absences, particularly illness. Missing school through family holidays can damage a pupil's attainment levels
and disrupt school routines and the learning of others. Not only do they miss work while they are away, they
are also less well-prepared for lessons when they return. Poor attainment in school can seriously affect
children's longer term life opportunities and can leave a pupil vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and youth
crime.

The County Council can issue Penalty Notices to parents or carers of children who have an unauthorised
holiday during term time or for persistent late arrival. Penalty Notices will be issued to each parent of each
child. The penalty is £100 per parent per child.

All applications for leave of absence must be made in advance by the parent(s) on the official School form.
The issues that schools have to take into account when considering a request for leave of absence include:
 the amount of time requested
 the age of the pupil
 the pupil’s general absence/attendance record
 the proximity of SATs and public examinations
 the length of the proposed leave
 the pupil’s ability to catch up the work
 the pupil’s educational needs
 the general welfare of the pupil
 the circumstances of the request
 the purpose of the leave
 the frequency of the activity
 when the request was made




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                             ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Authorised and Unauthorised Absences
Parents are asked to contact school if their child is absent, this can be done by telephoning or alternatively
sending a letter to school when their child returns explaining the absence. All information is used to complete
registers. If no notification is received about a child’s absence then it becomes an unauthorised absence.

Lateness
It is vital that the children are in school on time - the bell rings at 8.55 and the children should be in the
playground before this time in order to be ready to line up with the rest of their class. If children are late, they
not only miss a very important time in the day, they also disrupt other children’s education. Parents must sign
their children in if they are late; otherwise it becomes an unauthorised absence.

Actions
The school is introducing a new system called “Cool Cats” for attendance and lateness.



The attendance and lateness figures are monitored regularly; patterns of absence and lateness worked out and
the Educational Welfare Officer for the school meets regularly with the Head Teacher to discuss attendance
and lateness issues, and offers advice and support.




 Status:    APPROVED                            Date Approved:       October 2010
 Headteacher’s Signature


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                                  ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
                                                         APPENDIX 1

                       REQUEST TO TAKE A SCHOOL CHILD ON HOLIDAY DURING TERM TIME
Please remember
Absence from school can seriously disrupt your child’s continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the
days they are away; they are also less well prepared for lessons upon their return. There is a consequent risk of underachievement,
which together we must seek to avoid.


I would like to take my son/daughter …………………………………………… on holiday.
Dates – From ……………………………………..to …………………………………………
This holiday must be in term time because: …………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Signed ………………….…………… (Parent/Guardian) .............................………..………….
Relationship to Child …………………………………………………………………………...
Authorised by …………………………………... (Headteacher) Date: ……………………..
This form must be completed and returned to the child’s school no less than 2 weeks before the planned absence.
…………….…………………………………………………………………………………………..…………..
Dear Parent / Carer,
Re: ………………………………………………………….... (Child’s name)
Further to your recent request for leave of absence.
Leave of absence authorised between ………………………….and …….…………….
Please ensure that your child returns to school promptly following your holiday as failure to do so can result in their removal from
the school roll.
Leave of absence refused. Any absence from school between ………………….. and …………………. will be marked as
unauthorised and referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice of up to £100 (Section 444(A) of the
Education Act 1996).


Signed : …………………………………………. (Headteacher) Date: …………………………


Current Attendance %


PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THIS HOLIDAY IS FOR TWO WEEKS, THEN NO FURTHER AUTHORISATION CAN BE
GIVEN.
BY LAW ALL ABSENCES AND LATENESS ARE REPORTED TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY EVERY TERM.




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                                   ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
                                                           APPENDIX 2


What about holidays in term time?

You should not expect your child’s school to agree to an
absence for a holiday in term time. Taking a holiday during
term time means that children miss important school time –
both educationally and for other school activities. It will be
difficult for them to catch up on work later on.
Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school
on holiday. The law says that schools have the discretion to
grant up to ten days authorised absence in a school year. Each
application is considered individually by the school, taking into
account factors like the reason for the holiday, its timing and
the child’s attendance record.
If you need to take your child out of school during term time:
 you should request the time off for your child as soon as
    possible;
 never ask for time off during exam or test periods
 do not book travel for holidays in term time, until you have
    sought the school's permission; and
 remember that the school might not agree to authorise the
    time off.


What happens if my child does not attend school regularly?
As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make
sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are
missing school without your knowledge. You run the risk of
being issued with a penalty notice or being prosecuted.


The decision to issue a penalty notice or prosecute a parent is
taken by the LA, in most cases after extensive work with the
child and their family.

Parents can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for failing to
ensure that their child attends school regularly.

Magistrates can also impose a Parenting Order, which means
that the parent has to attend a parenting class.

A penalty notice of £50 may be issued as an alternative to
prosecution. This rises to £100 if unpaid after 28 days. Failure
to pay will normally lead to prosecution.




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