Regular attendance at school is obviously very important.
Here at Sheep Dip Lane we always aim for 100% attendance. However, if your child is absent from school for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible either by telephone or a letter on the child's return.
Every week we have a competition to find out which class has the overall best attendance. The class with the highest percentage for attendance is celebrated in Friday's Achievement and Attendance Assembly.
We open our doors at 8:35am and the registration closes at 8.55am.
It is important that the children arrive in school on time so that they are in the classroom to work on daily spelling and reading activities.
If a child arrives late you should report to the office to register attendance and make the necessary arrangements for lunchtime.
School closes at 3.15pm and children should be collected punctually.
Holidays during term time
Every school day counts! Days off school add up to lost learning.
In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:
• Spend time together
• Go on family visits
• Go on holiday
• Go on days out
• Attend routine appointments
The law sates that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time. However, if you decide to take your child on holiday during term-time without the school's permission this will be recorded as unauthorised absence and may result in you, as parents/carers being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Why shouldn’t I take my child on holiday during term time?
Many parents and carers think it is alright to go on holiday during term time, this has a negative affect on their children’s learning and ability to achieve. If your child goes on holiday during term time, they are marked in the register as absent.
• 10 days absence = 95% attendance for the school year
• 19 days absence = 90% attendance for the school year
• 29 days absence = 85% attendance for the school year
• 38 days absence = 80% attendance for the school year
• 47 days absence = 75% attendance for the school year
The Government has implemented new legislation effective from 1st September 2013 which means that no requests for holidays can be authorised except in exceptional circumstances.
When a parent/carer wishes to apply to take their child out of school during term time they must complete a leave of absence form and this should be submitted to the school at least 4 weeks before the proposed start of the holiday and before booking the holiday.
If you take your child on holiday during term time, without the authorisation of the Head Teacher, the Head Teacher will make a request to the Local Authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued, the penalty is £60 per child, per parent/carer when the payment is made within 21 days, after 28 days it will increase to £120. Failure to pay within 28 days will result in a summons to appear before the Magistrates Court on the grounds that the parent/carer has failed to secure their child’s regular attendance at school. Please note that a separate Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent for each child and all monies are payable to the Local Authority.