Uffington Church of England Primary School is committed to providing a full and efficient education for all pupils. The school believes sincerely that all pupils benefit from the education it provides and therefore from regular school attendance. To this end the School will do as much as it can to ensure that all pupils achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems affecting attendance will be dealt with as quickly as possible.
The information below explains the school's policy on authorised and unauthorised absence:
Authorised absence is where the school has either given approval in advance for a pupil to be away or has accepted an explanation offered afterwards as a satisfactory reason for absence.
All other absence must be regarded as unauthorised.
The following may be reasons for authorising absences.
- Family bereavement
- Wedding of a parent or close relative
- Medical and dental appointments where proof is available.
- Days of religious observance.
- Fixed term exclusion
- Permanent exclusion until removed from roll or re-instated.
Headteachers are not able to authorise absences due to family holidays taken in term time.and may only authorise such absences in exceptional circumstances. At Uffington CE Primary School, the governors have decided that exceptional circumstances are as follows:
- Holidays provided for families of children with disabilities by registered children’s charities, e.g the Make a Wish Foundation;
- Observation of religious festivals which are fundamental to a family’s culture and beliefs.
Requests should be made in writing to the headteacher and will be assessed on an individual basis. The headteacher will make the decision in the first instance but there will be a right of appeal to the Chair of Governors.
The Use of Penalty Warnings and Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Holidays in Term Time
The school retains the right to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised holidays during term time. Lincolnshire County Council has a Code of Conduct with clear guidance on the issuing of such notices. The school will follow the correct procedures in instructing the local authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice on its behalf.
Please click on the link below to access a full copy of the school's Attendance Policy.