Attendance, minor illness and leave of absence requests
What is good attendance?
What the percentages really mean.
100% – 97%
You are doing really well and we are very pleased with your Attendance.
96% – 93%
This is good but below our school target and we would like to see an improvement.
92% – 90%
Your attendance is starting to make us worry.
Your attendance will be monitored and we would expect to see an improvement.
90% and below
This is called Persistent Absenteeism and may be stopping you from being the best that you can be.
Your parents/carers will be written to and may be invited into school for a meeting with Mr Wheatley and the Mr Razza, BwD Inclusion Officer.
A referral to the Education Welfare Service will be made.
Holidays during school time
These really damage your attendance. Mr Wheatley will not be able to authorise any holidays in school time and a fine may be issued by the LA.
Leave of Absence
Amendments to the 2006 regulations came into force on 1st September 2013. They removed references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the threshold of 10 days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
If you do need to take your child out of school during term time you must complete a 'Request for leave of absence' form', which should be sent to school as far in advance of the event as possible. Mr Wheatley will then determine whether the circumstances are classed as exceptional. If you require further information, please visit our Policy section of our website, thank you.
Minor Illness and attendance guidance - Blackburn with Darwen
Please click on the document below for guidance on minor illnesses and attendance.