It is incredibly important that your child attends school every single day. As an academy we expect all children to achieve at least 97% attendance over the school year - we feel that this allows for a reasonable amount of days off through illness.
We would recommend all parents and carers have a read through this useful guidance that we have created with the help of NHS England guidance that will help you decide Is my child too ill for school?
WHAT IS A PERSISTENT ABSENTEE? The government define any child whose attendance is below 90% to be a persistent absentee.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD'S ATTENDANCE DIPS BELOW 90%?
At #TeamHilton we want every child to aim for 97% attendance and above. The government define that any child whose attendance is 90% or below is a persistent absentee. Therefore:
1. If your child's attendance is 90% or below and causing us concern we will offer you a parent contract meeting. This is an opportunity to come and have a chat with us about your child's attendance and see if there is anything we can do to sort any issues.
2. If we still have concerns about your child's attendance we will internally monitor their attendance for a half term. This means that during this monitoring time we will not authorise absences unless we have been provided with medical evidence for the absence (such as a doctor's note, or prescription).
3. If there is still no improvement in attendance we are required to refer the case to the local authority. They will monitor attendance and if there is still no improvement you may be fined or prosecuted.
We want to work WITH YOU to ensure your child attends school every day, if you have any issues or
problems that may impact on your child's attendance please come and speak to us.
TEN POINTERS ON TERM-TIME ABSENCE AT #TEAMHILTON
These pointers are taken from the official guidance from the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and were published in May 2017 following the High Court case relating to term time holidays)
1. Term times are for education. This is the priority. Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays. Here at Team Hilton, we rightly prioritise attendance. Absences will not be granted during term-time and will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances or for illness.
2. The decision to authorise a pupil's absence is wholly at the discretion of the Principal and Vice Principal based on their assessment and merits of each request. A holiday form must be completed by the parent or carer requesting the term-time absence at least three weeks before the period of absence (unless there are reasonable circumstances why this could not be done).
3. If an event can be reasonably scheduled outside of term-time then it would not be normal to authorise absence for such an event - holidays are therefore not considered 'exceptional circumstances'.
4. Absences to visit seriously-ill relatives or for a bereavement of a close family member are usually considered to amount to 'exceptional circumstances', but for the funeral service only, not for extended leave.
5. Absences for important religious observances are often taken into account but only for the ceremony and travelling time, again, not for extended leave. This is intended for one-off situations rather than regular or recurring events.
6. Hilton will take the needs of the families of service personnel into account if they are returning from long operational tours that prevent contact during scheduled holiday time.
7. Hilton has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
8. Families may need time together to recover from a trauma or a crisis.
9. It is acceptable to take a pupil's record of attendance into account when making absence-related decisions. This will be a key decision maker when a decision is made on whether a term-time absence shall be authorised or not.
10. It is important to note that the Principal or Vice Principal can determine the length of the authorised absence as well as whether a particular absence is authorised.
If you have any questions regarding attendance and punctuality at #TeamHilton please speak to our Vice Principal, Mr. Heeley.