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Vigo Primary School

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If your child is absent, even for a short time, we expect a telephone call before 9.30am on the first day of absence; if not you will be contacted between 10am and 10.30am.  A note to explain the reason for absence will also be required on the child’s return to school.  Please ensure that letters are dated and signed. 

It is very important that we record absences correctly.  Different marks are used in the register to show reasons for absence, e.g. I=illness, H=holiday, M=medical/dental appointment.  If we do not receive written confirmation for the reason for absence or the reason does not fit into any of the given categories, we have to class this as unauthorised.  Each day is broken into two sessions, morning and afternoon and attendance is reported in sessions rather than days.  Your child’s attendance will be monitored on a regular basis and if attendance falls below 90% they will be identified as persistent absentees.

Attendance less than 90% will lead to a referral being made to the Child and Family Worker who will arrange for you to come into school for a meeting and set up a plan to monitor your child’s attendance.  If there is no improvement a fixed penalty may be issued.

Lateness of all pupils is also monitored and recorded and parents will be informed in writing the number of late sessions recorded for their child.  Regular and continued lateness may result in a referral to the Child and Family Worker.  Any late arrivals after 8.45am will be recorded and the total minutes late logged. Late arrivals after 9:30am will be recorded as unauthorised, 10 unauthorised late sessions, in a week period may result in a fixed penalty.


Absence During Term Time

Headteachers cannot grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  This will mean that we are not able to authorise absence from school during term time and holiday absence taken during term time will therefore be classed as unauthorised.  Holidays that are not authorised will result in a fixed penalty.

Should you wish to make an application to the Headteacher for pupil absence during term time for exceptional circumstances, please complete the form below and return to the school office.

Absence Request for holiday for exceptional circumstances

Attendance advice for parents