Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. Kingsway Primary School places huge importance on attendance and punctuality. We recognise that children who frequently miss school often fall behind. We believe there is a strong link between achieving well in school and achieving good results.
We encourage all of our children to be attendance H.E.R.O.es. Every child is supported in being:
Here, Everyday, Ready and On time.
If your child needs to be absent from school for any reason, school should be notified as early as possible on the first morning of absence. Please call the school on 01405 763716 and select Option 2 to report an absence on our message service.
Evidence must be provided for doctors/dentist/optician/hospital appointments. Failure to provide evidence may result in your child being recorded as an unauthorised absence for the whole session.
The following attachment was produced by the Education Welfare Service. 'Guidance for Parents - Medical Appointments and Illness'. The leaflet was designed to help parents make the right choices and decide on the correct action to take when their child is ill. Please click on the PDF link below
Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances and Penalty Notices
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (a one day absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).
An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Headteacher has not given permission for or where a satisfactory explanation has not been provided by the parents.
Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.
Where parents do not follow the school's procedures for submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.
If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school, each parent within the household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.
At Kingsway Primary we follow guidance from the East Riding Council. Click here to go to their website where you will find useful information and also a copy of the form needed to request an absence. You will also find guidance regarding evidence and penalties. (Please note the page will open in a new window).
If you have any further questions please contact the school office on 01405 763716.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ATTENDANCE POLICY.