Whole School Letter

 

29th June 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians & Carers,

This letter is to remind parents of the expectations in relation to school attendance.

We would like to thanks parents and carers for continuing to work with the school to help provide best outcomes for all children and really appreciate that the overwhelming majority of pupils are in school and on time most of the time. Punctuality is a key component to a successful school day. We are keen that positive attendance behaviours are reestablished to further enable your child to develop and flourish in their time with us at Hodge Clough.

For registration times and late mark guidance please see the table below:

 

 

Wilkes St: Nursery, Reception and Y1

 

Doors Open for Registration

8.30-8.40

Late (L)

8.41-9

Unauthorised Late (U)

9.01 onwards

End of school day

3pm

Conduit St: Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6

 

Doors Open for Registration

8.45-8.55

Late (L)

8.56-9.10

Unauthorised Late (U)

9.11 onwards

End of school day

3:15pm

 

 

Regular attendance is identified as 95% attendance and above, anything below this will automatically not be authorised unless evidence is provided.

Persistent absence is defined as 90% attendance and below,

Educational neglect is defined as 75% attendance and below.

 

When children are late for unavoidable reasons such as medical appointments this is authorised if evidence is provided.  Evidence can include appointment cards and letters.

Holidays are not authorised. Leave of absence during statutory assessment periods is not authorised. Leave of absence for other reasons will be looked at on a case by case basis.

What the law says;

Parents whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children, may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444 (1A) of the Education Act 1996. The council may issue a Penalty Notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.

 

Parents have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education ‘suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’. Section 7 Education Act 1996.

 

Parents whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children, may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444 (1A) of the Education Act 1996. The council may issue a Penalty Notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.

 

 

Prosecution;

 

The offence under Section 444 (1) of the Education Act 1996 carries a maximum fine of £1000 and the council will also seek to recover costs.

The more serious offence under Section 444 (1) (a) has a range of sentencing options for the court to impose on each responsible parent, including:

 

  • Fine of up to £2,500
  • Community based sentence
  • Three months imprisonment
  • Subject to a Parenting Order – can be additional to other sentences
  • Costs may be awarded to the council

 

 

As a School we know that most parents already ensure regular and often excellent attendance, we are also aware that some parents may require further support. If you feel that school could support your further please let school know. Additionally, there are links to additional support services on our website.  

 

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

 

 

Regards,                                                                         

Neil Cavanagh                                                       Ruth Lomas

Head Teacher                                                         Attendance Officer

Attendance; Miss School - Miss Out

Regular school attendance remains a priority for all children, children are expected to arrive on time each day, ready to learn. 

The safety of our pupils is our priority. Please ensure school is aware of where your child is each day if they are absent. School will ring home, write letters and visit your home address if concerns are raised. 

We work closely with the Local Authority Attendance service and Public Health Oldham to ensure that the pupils at Hodge Clough have minimal attendance issues. We follow the attendance statutory expectations and guidelines set by the government and the local authority. We provide support and guidance for staff and parents to ensure these are met. 

If you feel you need some additional support or advice  in improving your child's attendance, please contact Ruth Lomas 01617705790 who will be happy to help. 

Please see the link below for the leave of absence/holiday notification form

Leave of Absence/holiday notification

 

 

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