Pupil Attendance & Absence
At Fieldhead Primary Academy we aim for a minimum school attendance target of 95%. If a pupil’s attendance is recorded as being below this, our Family Support Worker and/or the Principal will contact parents/ carers to discuss their child’s attendance.
Absence in Term Time and Taking Holidays
Pupils should not take holiday in term time as it is detrimental to learning and progress. To help parents avoid term time, our term dates are released to parents in advance of the school year.
Requests for absence during term time will be considered by the Principal although authorisation in uncommon. Leave of absence may be granted where there are exceptional circumstances. Note that holidays in term time and extended leave are not classified as exceptional circumstances.
Parents/carers should submit their request on the application form which is available from the academy office.
Any pupil who is absent from school without authorisation will have their absences recorded as ‘unauthorised’.
Poor attendance has a significant effect on learning and progress. Where internal systems and partnership working with parents are not effective in improving attendance, a Penalty Notice in accordance with the most recent regulations will be issued.Failure to comply with the penalty notice could render the parent/carer liable to prosecution. This is not a decision that will be taken lightly but our responsibility is to ensure that every child has access to the full provision that is on offer and this cannot be taking place if the child is away from school. Therefore, absence due to holidays in term time will result in action taken in line with national guidelines and regulations on attendance.
We expect that all parents/ carers who have day to day responsibility for children and staff will:
Ensure that the child in their care arrives punctually, prepared for learning
9.30 a.m. if a child fails to attend school and where no message has been received
Authorising the absence