We would like to advise you that schools have received clear instructions from the Government stating the following:
‘Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations removing references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments made clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstance. These amendments come into force on 1st September 2013’.
For further details please follow the following link: www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance/a00223868/regulations-amendments
This means that from 1 September 2013 we will no longer be able to authorise any term time absence unless it is an exceptional circumstance. Should you need to withdraw your child from school please complete the ‘Leave of Absence Request’ form available from the school office.
At Colman Junior School we work very hard to help your child learn and achieve well. To do this, we need you to help us in many ways. The most important way to help and support your child is to ensure that he or she attends school and is punctual. There are many reasons for this:
- Being punctual is a skill that your child will need for life. It shows a respect for others and shows that school is important.
- Good attendance means that your child will be able to get the most out of school and make the most of the opportunities offered to them.
- It will ensure that there are no gaps in their learning. This will mean that the important foundations for future learning will be strong.
- There are approximately 175 days of non-school time. Please make every effort to use this time to book holidays and visit friends and family. It is important for your child to be at school so that they can achieve and attain well.
- Children who have good attendance generally achieve better than those who do not. They are able to make and sustain strong relationships and have a better understanding that school is important.
I hope that you will support us in trying to further improve our attendance. In addition to the points listed above, Ofsted will judge our school on attendance. We feel proud of our school and want you to feel the same.
If you have any concerns or questions about taking holidays or extended absences, then please speak to Mrs. Sandford.