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Frome Vale Academy always tries to work in partnership with parents to improve school attendance and we would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly and on time. The target for our school is 96.5%.

It is important that all parents and carers are aware that the law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. The Education Act 1996 Section 444 states;

If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence’

 For all absence, apart from illness, permission must be sought in advance by completing an ‘absence request form’. If the request is for a holiday you must be the parent/carer with whom the child normally lives and there must be exceptional reasons as to why this family holiday needs to be taken in term time. There are very few instances when term time holiday will be authorised.

If you are the child’s parent but do not normally live with the child you must seek the consent of the parent who does and that person should make a request to the school.

Parents and carers who take their child out of school during term time or where there are frequent instances of a child arriving late after the class register has been closed, are at risk of being issued with a Penalty Notice. Penalty Notices are issued per parent, per child. For example if a two parent family were to take three children on holiday in term time, which is not authorised by the school, six Penalty Notices would be issued in total. Penalty Notices are £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.

Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Children who do not attend regularly are likely to;

  • Fall behind with their learning and do not achieve well in exams
  • find it difficult to maintain friendships
  • are more likely to become involved in crime
  • miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work

Please see chart on next page which shows how a low percentage attendance correlates to number of days missed.

Attendance during one school yearequals this number of days absentwhich is approximately this many weeks absentwhich means this number of lessons missed
90%19 days4 weeks100 lessons
80%38 days8 weeks200 lessons
70%57 days11.5 weeks290 lessons