Miss PerkinsAttendance Officer
Henley-in-Arden School is dedicated to working with students and their families to secure excellent punctuality and attendance. We believe that regular school attendance is the key to enabling young people to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults.
Every day a student misses school, a total of five hours of learning is lost and whilst we understand that illness can’t always be avoided, just a few days of absence can have a huge impact on a student’s attendance figure and their education as a whole. National average attendance is 95% and we are working hard to ensure that wherever possible our students’ attendance is in line with or exceeding this figure.
Henley-in-Arden School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.
To help the school ensure your child is safe, please ensure that you and your child keep to the following procedures:
When illness means your child needs to stay at home, we would be grateful if you would phone the school on 01564 792364 by 8.30 a.m. on the first day of absence. A note of your child’s tutor group would be very helpful. Henley-in-Arden School operates a first day of absence calling where contact may be made through a nominated provider for unreported absence.
The School day starts at 8.40am when the registration bell sounds. All students are expected to be in their designated area for registration. Students arriving in school after 8.50am are expected to enter through the main reception and their late reported in the ‘late book’.
If your child needs to leave school for any reason he/she must sign out at reception with written permission from the parent/carer.
If you wish your child to go home for lunch, they must obtain and complete a lunch time pass application form. PLEASE NOTE that permission to leave school at lunchtime is given on the strict understanding that pupils go to their own home, or to the address given on the lunch time pass application form, where both parent and the authorised adult have signed to accept responsibility.
Under no circumstances are pupils allowed to wander around the village during the lunch break.
Holiday requests in Term Time
There is a common misconception that any pupil is allowed to take 10 days holiday per academic year in term time. This is not true. Parents are not entitled to remove children from school for holidays as of right.
The Department for Education expect us to discourage such practice as it can lead to problems for all concerned:
– Your child’s education suffers;
– Lessons and extra-curricular activities are missed;
– Continuity of project work is lost;
– There is often no opportunity for teachers to set additional work or to assist a child in catching up on their return from holiday;
– The class is generally disrupted; other pupils suffer as a result;
– You will be in breach of your legal obligation to send your child to school.
Government has brought in guidance tightening up the regulations related to pupils taking time off in term-time. These rules came into force on 1 September 2013. Head Teachers are no longer permitted to authorise absence for holidays taken during term time. They are permitted to grant leave only in very exceptional circumstances. If you think you have exceptional circumstances, which will not include family holidays, please talk to us without delay and before arrangements are entered into or money committed.
If exceptional circumstances are accepted, the Head Teacher will determine how much absence will be authorised. Unauthorised absence can lead to fixed-penalty notices being issued by the local authority. These are currently charged at £120 to each parent or carer within the household.