Coniston C Of E Primary School

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18th October 18
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Punctuality

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It is important that your child arrives at school in good time everyday, i.e. before 9am, as children who are late often arrive in class unsettled and not ready to learn to the best of their ability. Frequent late arrivals can have a significant negative impact on a child's progress. Late arrivals are recorded as such in the register.

Please ensure your child arrives at school by 9am so they

  • can have that important time to socialise and catchup with their friends before school;
  • enter school with their class mates and have a good start to the day;
  • avoid the disruption and upset of entering lessons part way through.

Absence

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As parents, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school regularly. You can help us by notifying school if your child is absent. We expect a phone call or message on their first day of absence, giving the reason for absence. As we are concerned to make sure children are safe, we will ring you if your child is absent and we have had no message by 9.30am.

As a school, we are required to record reasons for absence and whether these are authorised. We are only able to authorise certain types of absence.

Holidays in term time

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Recent changes in the law regarding holidays during term time come into effect from the 1st September 2013: parents no longer have any entitlement to take their child on holiday during the school term and schools have lost their dispensation to authorise such holidays entirely.

The Government has issued a list of exceptional reasons which are as follows:

• Family needs arising from service in the armed forces or from a parent working abroad

• Bereavements

• Exceptional family ceremonies

• A holiday necessitated due to a disability or illness in the family

Schools have been advised that the cost of holidays, work rotas of parents and working in tourism / farming can no longer be considered to be exceptional reasons.

Our school, along with all the other local schools, have always endeavoured to be as reasonable as possible where term time holidays are concerned, and have authorised up to ten days in any single academic year. Please be aware that from September we will not be able to authorise holidays in term time as we must comply with the law.

Since September 2013, parents are required to write to the headteacher to request any leave of absence. Parents are asked to give as much notice as possible and to include in the letter, as much detail as possible including the reason for the absence. As a consequence of this change there will no longer be a Holiday Request form used by school.

We would like to draw to your attention to the fact that parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from school, if they form part of a pattern of absence; we are keen for our parents to avoid finding themselves in this position. Parents are welcome to discuss individual circumstances with the headteacher.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter.

To view a letter from Cumbria Children's Services about holidays in term time, click here.