CHRIST CHURCH CofE FIRST SCHOOL & NURSERY :: Attendance matters

Attendance matters

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At Christ Church, we expect that all children will:

  • attend school every day;
  • attend school punctually;
  • attend appropriately prepared for the day.

At Christ Church, we expect that all parents/carers will:

  • ensure regular school attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities;
  • ensure that their child arrives at school punctually and prepared for the school day;
  • discuss promptly with the class teacher or School Office any problems that may affect their child’s school attendance;
  • ensure that they inform the school daily of absence or, if known in advance, whenever their child is unable to attend school;
  • provide medical evidence if a child is absent for four or more days before the illness is marked as authorised absence: this may be an appointment ticket or card from the drop in centre or doctor’s surgery;
  • contact school promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep their child away from school;
  • notify the school of any home circumstances that might affect the behaviour and learning of their child;
  • notify school immediately of any changes to contact details.

Term-time holiday penalties

The Department for Education, Somerset County Council and all 17 schools in the Frome Learning Partnership agree that holidays should NOT be taken during term-time. For this reason, Headteachers of Frome schools will NOT authorise (i.e. give permission for) term-time holidays, so please do NOT request them or book them. Please also note: parents/carers may be fined up to £1,000 for taking children on holiday during term time without the school’s permission.

Applying for time off during term time

Parents/carers who have taken into account these facts, and still want their child to take time off during term time should complete a request for term-time leave form and submit it to the school office (for the attention of the Headteacher) at least four weeks before the date(s) being asked for.

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