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Rushden
Primary Academy

Attendance

The Rushden Primary Academy, in line with government directives, expects pupils to attend school for at least 96% of the time. This equates to half a day’s absence every two weeks. If a pupil is absent for a whole day their attendance for that week drops to 80%.

A leave of absence during term time will only be granted where an application is made in advance to the Academy and the Academy considers that a leave of absence should be granted due to exceptional circumstances relating to that application.

What amounts to ‘exceptional circumstances’ will be a matter of discretion for the Principal and should be judged on a case by case basis but it is unlikely to amount to an exceptional circumstance if it is merely claimed that a holiday abroad can only be afforded in term time or that a parent is unable to take leave during school holidays.

If your child is absent from the Academy, we ask you to let us know. If your child is absent due to sickness, please telephone the school and leave a message on the Absence Line. If you wish to request absence for any reason other than sickness please complete the Leave of Absence request form below and hand it in to the Office. If we are not informed of absence we will ring you for confirmation. It would be appreciated if all routine dental and medical appointments could be made out of school hours whenever possible. Where this is not possible, confirmation of the appointment will be required from the medical practice.

Holidays in term time

Rushden Primary Academy monitors the attendance of all children, with an expectation that all children should have an attendance of 96% or above. Monitoring of attendance is a legal requirement and all schools and academies are required to follow procedures set out by the local authority.

Many of you are likely to have seen the various news reports over recent months, regarding holidays taken in term time. As a result of the Supreme Court ruling following this, schools and academies have now been instructed that they must report all term time holiday absence of 5 days (10 sessions), or more, dating back to April 1st 2017.

This will mean that our academy will now have to make a referral to Educational Inclusion and Partnerships (EIP) Team, if your child is absent for ten, or more, consecutive school sessions (a session is half a day). It seems that previous good attendance will not be taken into account and fines of £60 per parent/carer, per child, will be issued.

Should you wish to find out more about this, please contact EIP via the Parent/Carer contact form on the County Council website.