Attendance at Ulceby St Nicholas

Rates of Authorised and Unauthorised Absence

We request that parents inform the school of a child’s non-attendance before 9:15am on the first day of absence. In instances where no notification has been received, school will contact parents. If school cannot contact parents then the Educational Welfare Department will be informed and actions taken to ensure that the child is safe and secure.

On the first day the child returns to school a letter, from the parent or guardian, explaining the absence is requested.  Absences not covered by the above procedures are deemed unauthorised.

Attendance is monitored on a weekly basis by both school and the local authority. Each term parents will be informed if their child’s attendance has fallen below 95% regardless of circumstance; this will allow parents to monitor the ongoing position. All parents will also receive an annual statement of attendance along with the pupil’s annual report of academic progress.

In accordance with DfCSF Circular 12/96 all schools must publish information on Authorised Absence and Unauthorised Absence.

Unauthorized absences include lateness, all unexplained absences, condoned absences and truancy.

Our current attendance figure is 97.05% (9th June 2015)

 

I understand that it is a legal requirement for all children of compulsory school age to attend school at all times but what if my child is ill or is unable to attend school? 

We request that parents inform the school of a child’s non-attendance before 9:15am on the first day of absence. In instances where no notification has been received, school will contact parents. If school cannot contact parents then the Educational Welfare Department will be informed and actions taken to ensure that the child is safe and secure.

On the first day the child returns to school a letter, from the parent or guardian, explaining the absence is requested.  Absences not covered by the above procedures are deemed unauthorised.

Obviously, it is crucial for parents to make sure that the school holds all the relevant contact details and all current home, work and mobile numbers (where applicable), along with alternative contact details.

To assist you in this process, school will send home a form at the start of each academic year in order to update our existing database.  Please return this immediately and inform school of any future changes as and when they occur throughout the year.

We also ask that a note must be sent to school confirming the reason for the absence on the day the child returns to school.

 

Can I take family holidays during the school year?

In exceptional circumstances you can, however, parents must request leave and state the exceptional circumstances they wish the governing body to take into consideration. It is therefore wise to make an application and await the decision prior to booking a holiday as a request can be refused if, for example, a child has a poor record of attendance (below 95%). A request application form is available from the office.

In accordance with statutory regulations, parents may apply one application, in exceptional circumstances, for additional leave of absence for an annual family holiday comprising of no more than 10 days in any one academic year. No applications will be considered if a child has a poor record of attendance, at the start of terms or during periods of testing and assessment. Upon completion and submission of the holiday form, where absence is approved, such absences would be recorded as Authorised by the school. Further information is available from school regarding these arrangements.

 

Please note that you may be required to provide documentation from your employer or doctor in order to support the application. On occasions the school may be required to follow up such letters of support. 

No requests for holidays will be considered during the period of the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in May and also during the week leading up to the tests themselves. The same applies to the first two weeks of a new term.