Attendance and absence

The law requires all parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly.

Research has shown that children often do not catch up on work missed, which can have serious consequences for their learning and progress. The Government is very clear that all schools must aim to have the highest attendance possible for all their pupils in order for them to achieve their maximum potential.

A pupil who has attendance of 85% or less with at least 15% unauthorised absence over a 6 week period or 10 consecutive sessions unauthorised absence, will meet the criteria for legal intervention which will be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Pupils at North Wootton Academy who meets either criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.

If a fixed penalty notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If unpaid a further invoice for £60 per parents per child is issued, both individual invoices woul then have to be paid making a total payment of £120 in 28 days.

Failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in legal action being taken.

Rigorous attendance checks take place on a regular basis and parents of children either meeting, or are near to the above criteria will be contacted to discuss how their child’s attendance can be improved.

Please consider what your child will be missing out on and remember that holidays taken in term time will NOT be authorised.

Our aim is to ensure that our pupils receive the most from their education and we hope we can count on your support in this matter.

Absence reporting

Daily checks are in place to ensure the safety of our children so please make sure that we are informed  before the start of the school day if you expect your child to be absent or late. You must  inform us by telephone by 8.55am on the first day of absence.

All parents of children absent from school without explanation will be contacted so it is important that we are informed in such instances.

Children can arrive at school from 8:45 a.m. and are expected to be in their classes ready for registration at 8:55 a.m. Any child arriving after this time will be officially marked as ‘Late’. Any ’Lates’ will be classed as un-authorised absence and will be followed up with parents should this become a persistent problem.

Parents have an obligation to ensure their child attends school  regularly, and on time. Please bear in mind the effect being late has not only on your own child, but the negative impact such disruption can cause on your child’s class too. If a child is 10 minutes late every school day they will miss a staggering 5 days of school over a year.