Sam & Sammie say ...... "It's COOL to be in SCHOOL!"

Our children have loved hearing from Sam & Sammie in assembly, telling them all about the importance of school – including ‘top tips’ to make sure they are prepared to be here every day and on time, why not share the Sam & Sammie resources on this page with your children, see links below.

                                 If you would like any printing off – just ask at the school office J


Here at Sheep Dip Lane Academy 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 call or a text - did you know you can reply to the text message you receive if your child is absent? - Why not save our number into your contacts.
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 our weekly Virtual Achievement and Attendance Assembly and on our weekly newsletter.  Parents will receive a photgraph of their child receiving their award as Parents are not currently attending Assemblies due to Social Distancing.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently staggering the times of entry and departure from school to maintain Social Distancing on school premises and within the local community.
It is important that the children arrive in school at their allotted time so we can maintain safety around school and so that they are in the classroom ready to work on daily spelling and reading activities.

If a child arrives late you should ring the school office on 01302 842464 from your child's normal entrance gate, staff will come to open the gate, Admin staff will register attendance and make the necessary arrangements for lunchtime.
School has a staggered hometime, please collect from your allocated gate within the agreed timescale.

Absence from School and 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

Parents and Carers have a duty to ensure their child's regular attendance at school, if your child does not attend then you risk being issued with an Educational Penalty Notice (EPN) - this could result in you receiving a fine or facing prosecution, see the information from the Local Authority below. 

The law states 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.