Berwick Hills Primary monitor the attendance of every child in the school, we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
90 Percent attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school career

Our school’s target for the school year is 95% .
Together we can achieve it.

Why should your child be in school regularly?

  • It is the LAW
  • It increases their learning
  • They will be safe in school

What happens when your child is not in school regularly?

  • They miss crucial learning in lessons
  • They will fall behind in work
  • You could be fined up to £2500

You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence.

Important Attendance Information for Parents

Parents are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure their child attends school regularly. There is no automatic right to take a child out of school during term time. Research suggests that children who are taken out of school may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results.

School work closely with Phil Davies from The Independent Education Welfare Service who regularly checks our school registers to ensure support meetings are offered if your child’s attendance is beginning to fall.

Leave of absences in term time WILL NOT be authorised by the school.

If an unauthorised leave of absence is taken the Head Teacher may refer the matter to the Local Authority requesting a Penalty Notice be issued against you.

A Penalty Notice is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if the notice is paid after 21 days but within 28 days.

If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 days period the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies.

Where there is more than one child in the family, each parent may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child.

As a parent/carer you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school.

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