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Hinchley Wood

Primary School

    Hinchley Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

    Absence

    If your child is absent from school for any reason please telephone the office on 0208 3981310 and then send a note on their return to explain the absence.  Any ‘unofficial’ absence (i.e. unexplained absences) and/or frequent lateness will be reported to the Education Welfare Officer and may result in a visit from him/her.

    Holidays during term time

    The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006

    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.

    Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

    The 2007 regulations set out the procedure for issuing penalty notices (Fine) to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.

    Authorised absence

    This is when the school agrees that the child is absent for a valid reason:

    • Illness

    • A special day set aside for religious observance

    • Domestic circumstances such as the death of a close relative

    • Medical/dental appointments (although where possible, these should be outside school hours)

    • Closure of the school, e.g. snow or strikes

    • Exclusions

    Unauthorised absence

    The following are not considered valid reasons for children missing school:

    • Going shopping
    • Visiting relatives
    • Birthday treat
    • A day out
    • Parent or sibling unwell (except in exceptional circumstances)
    • Holidays