School’s expectation, illness and requests for absence

It is your parental responsibility to ensure that your child attends school every day. We understand that children get ill. . If your child has an illness and you are unsure whether or not they are allowed to attend school, please seek advice from Mrs Unsworth and Mrs Daly.

The Governing Body of the school fully adopt the change in regulations relating to school absence Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. The amendments make clear that headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Examples include medical appointments, evidenced illnesses, religious festivals, authorised educational activity off site (taster day at a secondary school, music exams etc) or other exceptional circumstances (compassionate leave, parent home from armed services leave etc).

The definition of exceptional leave does not include a child in the family having a Special Educational Need, high cost of holidays outside term time or bookings by other family members (grandparents etc).

Unauthorised absences of five days or more during a single term may result in a referrals to the Local Authority’s Educational Social Welfare Officers and the issue of an Education Penalty Notice.

Attendance at Hillside last school year, 2018/19 and the need to evidence persistent absenteeism

Thank you to all parents who ensured their children attended school as much as possible last year. This led to an overall increase in attendanceimpacting positively on your child’s physical, social and emotional development. To those parents, the following paragraph does not apply:

Too many children were persistently absent last year. This year, where a child has attendance of 90% or less (last academic year or at any point this year), absence of three or more consecutive days will be classified as unauthorised unless school receives evidence that your child has attended a medical appointment or is taking prescribed medication for a recurring condition. Five days of unauthorised absence in a single term will result in a referral to the Local Authority for an Education Penalty Notice. We are dedicated to your child’s education and growing their potential. School has a legal and moral duty to promote good attendance and we cannot accept persistent absence being the norm for any child.  

If you have any concerns about your child's enthusiasm for school, their health, friendships or learning support, please contact us without delay.   

The letter to parents at the bottom of this page details how the school classifies different levels of attendance and the intervention strategies we will implement to challenge and support attendance.