If your child is ill please phone the student absence line 01736 788501 ext 2 by 8.30am.
For an ongoing illness you should phone in every other day; e.g. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will attempt to contact parents of children who are not in school if we are unaware of the reason for the absence.
Absence for a family holiday
The Government recommends that family holidays are taken outside school terms. Schools can only approve absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher, with advice from senior staff will consider the reasons for the holiday request, the student’s current and previous attendance, and the potential impact of the absence on the student’s learning. Only in exceptional circumstances is the Headteacher able to authorise absence. Requests for family holidays during term time are extremely unlikely to be authorised.
The school will only authorise term time absence to a maximum of 5 days in an academic year in exceptional circumstances.
The school will not authorise term time absence for a student whose average on-going attendance falls below 95%. If this is the case, parents need to read the section titled ‘Warning’, below.
The school will not authorise term time absence for students in Years 10 and 11. Term time absence adversely affects on-going work and assessment which may count directly towards GCSE grades.
When considering requesting a holiday during term time, parents are reminded of the difficulties encountered by students when attempting to catch up on missed work and rectify gaps in learning. 5 days of absence is at least 25 hours of missed learning. Assuming a child does an additional hour of study every day, and that they can make the same progress on their own without the support of a teacher, then it will take a student 3 and a half weeks to catch up. This is assuming they are able to catch up independently without the support of a teacher.
Parents are strongly advised not to take students out of school during term time for the purpose of a holiday.
If your child is absent from school without authorisation, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may submit a request to Cornwall Council for a Penalty Notice to be issued, in accordance with Sections 444A and 444B of the said Act. Penalty Notices are issued per liable parent, per child and each carry a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice may result in legal action. Absence not authorised by the school may result in a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1) or Section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a custodial sentence. Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to Court.
If you fail to fill out a form and we know that you have taken your child on holiday, the above will still apply.
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