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As a parent you will be aware that a pupil’s absence during term time can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for lessons after their return. There is a consequent risk of underachievement which you must try to avoid.

If a student is absent due to illness immediate communication with school is needed, e.g. leave a voice mail message or contact via Synergy explaining any absence.   

Pursuant to Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 a parent can be prosecuted for their child’s unauthorised absences from school.

A Penalty Notice Fine can be used as an alternative to prosecution in a range of situations where unauthorised absence occurs, as outlined in the School’s Attendance Policy.

It is important for you to be aware for future reference, that new legislation has been introduced in respect of holidays in term time (The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. From the 1st September 2013 the new law does not grant parents an entitlement to take their child on holiday during term time.