By law, all children between 5 & 16 must have a proper full time education. Parents are responsible for making sure this happens, either by registering the child at a school or by making other arrangements that provide an effective education. If your child is registered as a pupil at Nightingale Primary School, you are legally responsible for ensuring they attend school regularly and punctually unless their absence has been authorised by the school. By law, parents that fail to ensure regular and punctual attendance, are guilty of an offence and may be given a Penalty Notice or prosecuted. Children should attend school regularly to ensure full access to the curriculum.
Mrs Sharp - Welfare Manager
Parents should inform the school in advance if they know their child will be arriving late at school. The doors open at 8:45am and that is when children should be in class. Morning registration takes place at 8.55am and pupils arriving after this will be marked as late. Afternoon register takes place at 1:00pm and pupils arriving in school after this time will be marked as late. Pupils arriving after 9.15am or after 1:10pm (close of registration) will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
When a child is absent parents should notify the school by telephone on the morning of the first day of absence. There are two attendance sessions every day and missing school for a whole day classes as two absences. For this reason we ask that wherever possible medical appointments are made at the end of the school day or outside of school hours. Medical appointments during the day will only be authorised if proof is provided, such as appointment cards, letters or texts from a medical professional.
Parents are advised that currently the law does not give any entitlement for children to be absent from school for the purposes of a family holiday. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Amendment Regulations 2013 state that the Headteacher may only grant a request for absence if there are exceptional circumstances and where the request has been made in advance. Parents should complete a “Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances” form, if there are exceptional circumstances that require their child to be absent from school.
Full details can be found in the Attendance Policy.