Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Attendance

Your child is required by law to attend school every day. Occasional days’ absence, for whatever reason, seriously affect your child’s education. If your child is not in school there must be a justifiable reason and you should contact the school on the absence line 01525 552001 before 9.00am every day that your child is absent. When your child returns to school, we only require a letter if you have not used the above number to record your child’s absence. Any letter explaining your child’s absence should be addressed to the School Attendance Officer, Mrs Hitchman. You should not write such a letter in your child’s contact book, as Mrs Hitchman does not have access to this and we are required to file and archive such a document separately.

Legislation that came into force on 1st September 2013 prevents the headteacher from authorising holidays in term time unless exceptional extenuating circumstances exist. Requests for leave for any reason must be made in writing to the headteacher and must be received at least four weeks before the date for which leave is requested. The letter must detail the exact dates and the reason for requesting the leave. In considering such a request the school will take into account the time of year, how long the leave will be, how much it will disrupt a pupil’s education, and the attendance record of the pupil. Monetary considerations such as the cheaper cost of holidays in term time are not considered acceptable grounds for granting leave of absence.

No leave will be authorised for Year 5 pupils in their first term. No leave will be authorised for any year group between February half term and May half term due to tests.