At IQRA Academy we believe that good attendance is central to a pupils’ academic achievement and personal development. Put simply, if your child is not in school, they cannot take advantage of the excellent opportunities that are available each day.
By providing a vibrant learning environment, consistently good teaching and learning and an exciting range of activities, we will encourage pupils to come to IQRA Academy. However, we will also provide the support and challenge needed to help your child overcome the difficulties in their lives which lead to poor attendance.
If your child is absent from school, parents/carers must inform the school about the absence before 9am and give the reason for your child’s absence.
If an absence is unreported or the absence is prolonged, you will receive a home visit from our attendance officer.
All medical, dental and optical appointments for pupils should be made outside of school time. Only emergency / hospital appointments will be approved by school and appointment cards/letters will be required for authorisation.
We need your support in ensuring that holidays are not taken in school time so that your child has every opportunity to succeed. Absence during term time as a result of holiday/leave of absence interrupts continuity of teaching and learning and disrupts the educational progress of individual children.
The Department of Education guidance instructs Headteachers NOT to authorise leave of absence in term time. Permission for this type of absence should only be granted in the most exceptional circumstances. It is for Headteachers to determine what are ‘exceptional circumstances’ and apply these consistently and equitably. The law says that parents do NOT have the right to take their children out of school for holidays during term time.
If you want to request leave for your child at any time, you must seek permission from the Principal. You will need to complete a form which is available from the office. This must be done before booking your trip and at least 4 weeks in advance. You will then be informed of the decision.
Government legislation has been introduced to reduce absences from school. This means that local authorities can issue penalty notices of £60 per parent per child if they do not take action to improve their child’s attendance. If the penalty notice is not paid within 21 days it rises to £120. Also, the school may remove your child from roll should parents not adhere to the attendance policy and continue to take unauthorised leave.
Penalty notices will be issued if:
• Your child is persistently absent or late
• You take your child on holiday during term time without the Principal’s permission
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