Attendance and holidays in term time
At Brunswick Primary, we expect all our students to aim for 100% attendance and punctuality. We define good attendance as consistently over 96.1%:
- 100% Excellent Attendance
- Over 96.1% Good Attendance
Holidays in Term Time
In 1st September 2013 the Government rules changed in relation to holidays or trips during term time. We are no longer allowed to authorise leave for holidays or trips during term time.
Parents need to be aware that if their child is out of school for holidays or trips, legal action for unauthorised absences is taken.
Previously, we have authorised occasional holidays, but we are NO LONGER allowed to do this. The Government have made it very clear that children have 13 weeks holidays from school to use to go away.
We all want the best for every child in our school. We appreciate your support in this matter.
Authorised absences from school
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which came into force on 1st September 2013, removes reference to holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments now make it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist.
Unauthorised absences from school - Fixed Penalty NoticesThe school adheres to the Brighton and Hove City Council’s Code of Conduct with regards to student attendance. It may therefore be necessary to issue fixed-penalty notices in some circumstances.
CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN PENALTY NOTICES MIGHT BE ISSUED
If you have a reason to withdraw your child from school during term time complete the Exceptional Circumstances Absence Request Form here and either hand to the school office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper copies are available from the school office