Pupil Absence

All absence is categorised as either authorised or unauthorised. “Only the school, within the context of the law, can approve an absence”. An absence becomes authorised if the school receives a medical certificate or a written/verbal explanation from a parent and accepts it; or if the school approves leave of absence requested by a parent. All other absence is unauthorised and the school is bound under the law to report the matter to the Education Welfare Officer. Should your child be unable to attend school for any other reason please contact the school by 10a.m. on the first day of absence so that we know your child is safe.

The school will not authorise absence for a holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and, in such circumstances for no more than ten school days in a school year.

The most important consideration is the effect an absence would have on your child’s education.

If we do agree to an absence in term time, it is very important that your child comes back promptly. In line with many other primary schools the Governing Body has decided that children will not be granted leave of absence during the months of September, May and June. These are particular months when your children are assessed.

For your further information

Penalty Notices: From April 2005, Kent Local Authority (LA) introduced Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence from school of at least 10 sessions (5 days) in a current term.

The following circumstances will be considered as appropriate reasons for the issuing of Penalty Notices:

  • Truancy including truancy sweeps
  • Parent condoned absences
  • Excessive holidays in term time
  • Excessive delayed return from extended holidays o Persistent lateness after register has closed

On receipt of the Notice, the penalty will be £50 if paid within 28 days, rising to £100 if paid after 28 days but within 42 days. Failure to pay the penalty in full by the end of the 42 day period may result in prosecution by the LA.

As regular attendance and these new legal powers are so important, we are bringing this to your attention and giving advance notice that the Ashford District of Schools, of which we are a member, has enforced such penalties with effect from September 2007.

Health & Hygiene

Pupils should not be sent to school if they are unwell. We do not have the personnel to supervise children who may need to stay indoors at recreational times because of a particular ailment. It is the parents’ responsibility to make a judgement regarding fitness of their child for that particular day.

In cases where children are unwell at school the parent will be contacted immediately and will be expected to collect their child from the school office as soon as possible.

The school staff do not generally administer medication, except in special circumstances, e.g. where a child is suffering from ADHD and needs to take medication for that condition. In such cases there must be a signed agreement between the school and home, and consent given by the parents for the administration of the medication. All special circumstances must be agreed and discussed with the Headteacher. Class teachers and teaching assistants cannot take on the responsibility of administering medicines.

Children should not have or be carrying any medicines/medications at any time in school. Any medication should be given in at the school office and signed for by the parent or guardian to ensure correct administration. The school has an asthma policy, which is available to all parents of children with asthma, on request. May we advise that any child who has symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting should remain at home until they are 48 hours symptom free.

The Headteacher reserves the right to send home children who are inadequately or improperly dressed, unclean or found to have head lice infestation. In cases where this course is not possible, children may be prevented from taking part in certain activities.

Many parents get upset if their child contracts head lice. The problem of head lice is not a school problem, nor a health problem; it is regarded as a community issue and it is dependant upon the vigilance of each individual parent to secure the hygiene and health of their child’s head. Should there be an infestation of head lice throughout the school, the cluster nurse will be informed and her advice sought.