Attendance

Your child’s attendance plays a crucial part in the progress that they will make in school.  It is therefore essential that, wherever possible, they attend school every day.  Research has shown a direct link between the progress that students make and their attendance.  If a student has 90% attendance then it is likely that they will achieve one grade below their target however, students with 100% attendance tend to achieve beyond their target.

The school’s overall target for attendance for this year is 97%

Late Arrival and Absences

Students arriving late but prior to the end of registration period must go to their form to register. If a student arrives after 8:45am then they must register at the student office. Please note that students who arrive to school late will be issued with a late detention at brunch (this does not apply to students who have attended a medical appointment). If your child is going to be absent then please call the absence line before 8.45am on 01706 811850.

Wherever possible please can medical and dental appointments be made out of school time. We do appreciate that there are exceptions and if your child needs to come out of school for an appointment, please can you send a copy of their appointment card or letter into school for our records.

Please note that the school can no longer legally authorise holidays taken during the school term time.

Term time leave of absence (including term-time holidays)

Amendments came into force in September 2013 and the Education (Pupil Registration)(England) Regulations 2006 now state that Headteacher’s may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

There is a common misconception that any child is allowed to take 10 days holiday per year. This is not true. The government strongly urges parents/carers to avoid taking their children out of school for family holidays as this will disrupt their education. If you do not ask permission in advance, or you are not given permission and you take your child out of school anyway, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

The Headteacher may authorise an absence from school during term time if there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances may include;

  • the death or terminal illness of a person in the immediate family
  • service personnel and other employees who cannot take leave outside term time at any point in the academic year.

If your child is absent from school without advance permission (except where he or she is unwell), you can be fined or even prosecuted, this could involve a fixed penalty notice of £60 within 21 days, or £120 within 28 days. Failure to pay can result in prosecution in the Magistrates Court.

Missing two weeks of school for a holiday might not seem like very much, but it can have a big impact on your child’s education.

For example, if your child misses two weeks of school every year, this adds up to more than two terms over the child’s whole time in school.

For any attendance related queries, please contact the following members of staff:

Laura Davies– Learning Manager for Community Engagement
Paul Duerden– Assistant Head for Behaviour and Attendance

Or for general queries, contact:

attendance@todhigh.co.uk

Julie Wrench (Mon- Weds)
Rebecca Thornsby (Thurs-Fri)

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