At Christ Church Church of England Primary School we recognise that attending school regularly has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for children. We will encourage good attendance for all pupils, by offering an environment in which pupils feel valued and part of the school community.
Department for Education (DfE) guidance states that all schools should have effective systems and procedures for encouraging regular school attendance and investigating the underlying causes of poor attendance which should be set out in an attendance policy. These systems should be reviewed regularly and modified where necessary to reflect the circumstances of the school.
Ensuring your child's regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
Click on the link to view our school Attendance Policy and Procedural Framework
Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA):
Useful link to understand ASC and EBSA- Includes a 10 min video from a YP with lived experience:
Leave in term time
It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain the permission of the Headteacher before removing their child from school in order to take any leave in term time.
Parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for leave during term time and may be issued with a Penalty Notice (£120 per parent per child) if they do so without prior arrangement with the Headteacher.
The legislation only allows the Headteacher to authorise such leave in exceptional circumstances.
To apply for a child to be granted leave from school parents should complete this form and return it to school for consideration well in advance of the proposed leave and before committing to any expense.
Upon receipt of a request the Headteacher will make a decision as to whether to authorise the absence, being mindful of government regulations and LA guidance.
It is important that, if you believe exceptional circumstances apply, you provide this information to school at the time of submitting this request. Information submitted at a later date will not be considered.
By definition, exceptional trips should not occur regularly.
Click on the link to download a Leave Request Form
Thinking of taking your child on holiday in term time?
Then please read the information in the link below, issued by Lancashire County Council: