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In our opinion as parents, St Botolph’s is an OUTSTANDING Primary School. The entire team of teachers and support staff have continually endeavored to challenge our child and sympathetically support his individual needs. The positive ‘can do’ ethos that exists within this school has facilitated tremendous progress in all aspects of his education….Our son says “I love my school”, that says it all!
Please report the absence to the office as soon as possible. Let us know the child’s name, class and brief explanation for their absence by telephone (leave a message on the answerphone) or in person. Unexplained absences will be followed up by a letter.
If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, then a Pupil Absence Request Form should be completed. This will be reviewed by a Governor group and a letter returned home to notify whether or not the absence is authorised.
Further information about term time absence and our Absence Policy can be found below.
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.
However, amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. Absences of 5 days or more in any one academic year could result in a penalty notice being issued by the LA. A copy of a letter from the Chair of Governors clarifying this is available here.
Our updated Attendance Policy reflects these amendments and therefore holidays will not be authorised. A copy of our updated policy to reflect the changes is available here.