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North Wootton Community School

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Attendance & Absence

You will be aware that the law requires all parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly.

Research has shown that children often do not catch up on work missed, which can have serious consequences for their learning and progress. The Government is very clear that all schools must aim to have the highest attendance possible for all their pupils in order for them to achieve their maximum potential.

A pupil who has attendance of 85% or less with at least 15% unauthorised absence over a 6 week period or 10 consecutive sessions unauthorised absence, will meet the criteria for legal intervention which will be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Pupils at North Wootton Community Shchool who meets either criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.

If a fixed penalty notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If unpaid a further invoice for £60 per parents per child is issued, both individual invoices woul then have to be paid making a total payment of £120 in 28 days.

Failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in legal action being taken.

Rigorous attendance checks take place on a regular basis and parents of children either meeting, or are near to the above criteria will be invited into school to discuss how their child’s attendance can be improved.

Please consider what your child will be missing out on and remember that holidays taken in term time will NOT be authorised.

Our aim is to ensure that our pupils receive the most from their education and we hope we can count on your support in this matter.