It is important that children attend school every day. Research shows that children with below average attendance usually don't make good progress, with their learning.
The Government expectation for attendance is a minimum of 97% and parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends regularly and on time. Anything less than 97% gives cause for concern.
We do not authorise any holidays in term time and holidays taken will be marked as unauthorised. Leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
As well as looking at good attendance we also look regularly at poor attendance.
We monitor this in the following ways:
- If your child needs lots of medical appointments, we ask you to show the office staff the appointments cards so a copy can be put on file.
- Letters are sent out to families who are currently under 96% attendance and to families who are 'at risk' of falling into this category. Senior leaders will track pupils with poor attendance. If the attendance falls below 90%, parents will be contacted, to ensure attendance improves. Undfortunately if the attendance doesn't improve the matter will be transferred to Kirklees Council, to proceed with legal action.