You can find information regarding school attendance within this section.
The importance of attending school
Attendance at school is, in most cases, the single most important factor that effects the chances of success at school. Research suggests that 17 School Days missed can mean a GCSE Grade Lost.
We work hard to support our students and their families in having good attendance at school. We hope that you find these pages helpful in supporting us in improving attendance even further.
Reporting an absence
The attendance line number is 0115 9131338 and select option 1
If your child is ill and not able to attend school it is your responsibility as a parent/carer to contact the school with a reason for you child´s absence. Please ring the number above and leave a message, you can also send an email to email@example.com.
Should you have any concerns about your child´s attendance and wish to speak to someone, you can contact Miss Law who is the attendance coordinator on the above number.
Holidays within term time
At Ellis Guilford we do not authorise holidays for students in term time. If we are informed or suspect that you have taken your child on a holiday in term time you will be issued with a £120 Penalty Notice per parent if you take your child out of school.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What do i do if my child is not well enough to come to school?
A. If your child is ill or absent for any reason, contact the school on the attendance line on the first day of absence.
Q. What if i am unable to ring the school?
A. When your child is well, please fill in the authorised absence slip in the school diary or send a note.
Q. What should i do if my child has a medical appointment during school time?
A. If you know the date and time for a hospital appointment please inform the school in advance. However, you should try to make routine appointments such as dental check-ups during the school holidays or after school.
Q. Can i take my child on holiday during term time?
A. At Ellis Guilford we do not authorise holidays for students in term time. If we are informed or suspect you have taken your child on a holiday in term time you will be issued with a £120 penalty notice for each week you take your child out of school.
Q. What is an authorised absence?
A. Authorised absence means the school is satisfied with the explanation provided.
Q. What is an unauthorised absence?
A. Unauthorised absence means the school does not accept the reason provided or the reason does not comply with government guidelines. Unauthorised absences can result in parents being prosecuted
Q. What is a persistent absence (pa)?
A. A persistent absentee (pa) is any pupil who has accumulated absence of 20% or more (authorised or unauthorised).
Q. What happens if my child does not attend school regularly
A. As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. You run the risk of being taken to court.
• Parents can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for falling to ensure that their child attends school regularly.
• Magistrates can also impose a parenting order, which means that the parent has to attend a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.
Q. What can i do as a parent to help?
A. If you suspect that your child may be missing school or is unhappy at school, you should contact school or the la education welfare service as soon as possible so that you can work with them to resolve difficulties.
Q. What happens if my child doesn’t attend school on the first or last day of term?
A. You will be sent a letter explaining every day is a compulsory school day and should your child not attend again on either of these days you will be issued with a penalty Notice of £120.00
Education Welfare Service
The Education Welfare Service work to raise achievement levels by working with pupils, parents and schools, other agencies and the community, to improve the attendance of the city pupils. Also they work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
What happens if my child does not attend school regularly?
Your child´s school is responsible by law for reporting poor attendance to the LEA. Most local authorities employ Education Welfare Officers to monitor school attendance and to help parents meet their responsibility. If your child is not attending school regularly, an education welfare officer may visit or write to you. Education Welfare Officers work with parents to address their child´s attendance difficulties. You may be offered a parenting contract by your child´s school or the Education Welfare Service This is a formal agreement in which the school and/or la agree to provide you with support and you agree to do certain things to help improve your child´s attendance.
As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. You run the risk of being taken to court.
If you have any concerns about your child´s attendance and you wish to talk to an education welfare officer you can contact them on 0115 8762131 or send an email to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
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