Authorised absence from school

As a school we expect children to maintain a high standard of attendance and monitor all pupils on a weekly basis.

Authorised absence' means that school has either given approval in advance for a pupil to not be in school, or has accepted an explanation offered afterwards as justification for absence. 
Under new Government guidelines there is to be no authorised leave of absence from school unless there is an EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE. Regardless of this all parents MUST fill in a leave of absence request form which can be found on the school website or obtained from reception.

Absence codes when pupils are not present in school are as follows:

Code C:  Leave of absence authorised by the school
Only exceptional circumstance warrant an authorised leave of absence.  School will consider each request individually taking into account the circumstances, such as: the nature of the event for which leave is sought; the frequency of the request; whether the parent gave advance notice; and the pupil's attainment, attendance and ability to catch up on missed schooling.

Code H: Holiday authorised by the school
The Head teacher and attendance officer will not grant leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances.  The application must be made in advance and the headteacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances which warrant the leave.  Where a leave of absence is granted, the attendance officer will determine the number of days a pupil can be away from school.  A leave of absence is granted entirely at the headteacher's discretion. 

Code I: Illness (not medical or dental appointments)
School policy states that we require parents/guardians to contact school, leaving a message on the schools answer phone, on each day of your child’s absence (you do not need to contact school on the second day where the 48hr rule applies for D&V). This not only helps us keep an up to date account of absences but also means that we do not need to contact you to find out why your child is not in school.  Schools have the authority to not authorise an illness if there is a genuine cause for concern about the legitimacy of an illness.  If the authority of the illness is in doubt, schools can request parents to provide medical evidence to support illness.  Medical evidence can take the form of prescriptions, appointment cards, etc rather than doctors notes.

Code M: Medical or dental appointments
Missing registration for a medical or dental appointment is counted as an authorised absence.  Whilst we do encourage you to make appointments outside of school hours we do understand this is not always possible, therefore if your child has an appointment in school time we will need an appointment card, letter or note from the professional your child is due to see so that it can be photocopied and placed on file as an authorised medical. If we do not receive evidence of the appointment then unfortunately the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.