As you will know full school attendance is a key ingredient for positive achievement at any school. Alder Grange recognises however, that there are sometimes situations beyond anyone’s control which from time to time get in the way of full school attendance. The information below outlines our daily registration procedures.
Lancashire Education Authority (LEA), advice to Parents and Carers’
The staff at the school will work with young people and their families to try and reduce the impact of this to an absolute minimum. It is worth noting however, that where poor attendance is supported without good reason schools are increasingly being encouraged by Lancashire Education Authority to use the available legal framework to address this. If you wish to know more about this please click on the document below, which gives more details on how this works.
Holidays in Term Time
As of 1st September 2013, Headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. In addition, any unauthorised absence which exceeds 4 school days is now liable for a FIxed Penalty Notice of £120 per child, per parent, or £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days.
With respect to the booking of holidays, we understand and fully appreciate the cost implications for families when bookings are made during school holiday periods. That said, we have no option but to follow Government Policy in this matter.
We hope all Parents and Carers will support the school in its ambition for your child’s future success through reducing unnecessary absence and therefore minimising the impact upon their education.
If you wish to ask under certain circumstances for leave of absence then please download and complete the ‘Application for Leave of Absence‘ from at the link below. Completed forms can be returned to school by either:
a) Dropping off the form at the school reception
b) Email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org
The Headteacher will then make a decision as to whether to authorise the request and you will be contacted in due course with regards to the outcome.