Regular attendance is extremely important.
It must be emphasised that whenever a child is absent from school a dated note, text or telephone call is required stating the reason for absence. Schools are required by law to make returns to the Government on all absence. Similarly, request for taking children out of school during the day, e.g. for medical or dental reasons, must be made either by letter or by an appointment card. Under no circumstances will children be allowed to leave school premises without an adult.
You may apply for ‘Leave of Absence’ for your child from the Executive Headteacher (forms can be downloaded from the school website and are available from the school office). Leave of absence may be granted for Doctor/Dentist and special circumstances as long as your child has attendance greater than 95%. We are unable to authorise absence taken during SAT’s week or the first two weeks of September, or for a family holiday.
Please fill in the attached form return to the school office.
If you are worried that your child isn't well enough for school, please check the following link for more information:
Penalty Notices for a leave of absence
There has recently been a much publicised court case on the Isle of Wight in which a parent who did not pay his penalty notice was prosecuted for his child’s irregular attendance. It was reported that he had no case to answer because his children attended regularly other than for the period of unauthorised leave.
Portsmouth City Council has not changed its view that under current legislation and case law parents who do not ensure their child attends school on a regular basis commit an offence. We will continue to process penalty notices for a leave of absence which is unauthorised and take legal action if a parent fails to discharge their criminal liability by paying the penalty notice. We share the view of the DfE that the Isle of Wight decision did not set a legal precedent, because magistrates’ decisions are not binding on other courts.
We bring this to your attention as we are mindful that parents may understandably raise the matter.
|Donald McIntyre, Tel: 023 9284 1449|
Please find below some helpful leaflets taken from Portsmouth City Council, which will help you understand the penalty notice.