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Holiday/Absence

Just one weeks holiday/absence in term time means your child is at risk of not achieving his or her full potential!

 Why good Attendance:

We appreciate that children are unwell from time to time and that there can be exceptional circumstances for absences, but we ask that you think carefully about keeping your child out of school.

There is a strong connection between attendance at school and achievement. Absence is proven to have a significant negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment. The information in this leaflet shows how attendance affects the examination results of your child. As you can clearly see the more a student attends school the better they achieve and vice versa.

Regular school attendance is essential for all of our students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances in life.

Every student at Hodge Hill College, in line with the Governments expectations, is expected to maintain an attendance level of 98% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, students, staff and governors to ensure they achieve this, therefore we monitor and review the attendance of all students constantly.

 

 Attendance and In-term Leave

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time.  Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning.  You may consider that a holiday/absence will be unavoidable but your child will miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive during your holiday/absence.  Students returning from a term time holiday/absence are also unprepared for the lessons which build on the teaching they have missed. Children rarely catch up on missed work; this poses a potential risk of under achievement. It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school regularly.

 Any term time holiday will be recorded as unauthorised

The Education Legal Team will be notified of the holiday/absence taken and a Penalty Notice may be issued.  Please note that a Penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school.  A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 28 days.  Thereafter, if the Penalty remains unpaid this may result in legal action. Parents are fined individually and for each child who is out of school. (A weeks extra holiday for 2 children could therefore incur a fine of £60 per parent per child (£240) which if not paid on time would come to £480)

Do not book holidays or trips abroad without contacting the school first and be aware that most trips will not be authorised and will result in the school pursuing legal action.

Term Time Leave - Request Form

Over one school year, if your child had:

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school

 

Over 5 years (years 7 - 11) - if your child had:

85-90% attendance = having about half a year off school!

80% attendance = 38 weeks off school = one whole school year missed!

 

Impact on exams - if your child had:

98% attendance =  less than 4 days absent from school- likely to achieve at least 10 GCSE A*- C Grades

95% attendance =  less than 10 days absent from school- likely to achieve 8 GCSE A*- C Grades

90% attendance =  4 weeks absent from school- likely to achieve 7 GCSE A*- C Grades

85% attendance =  5 ½ weeks absent from school- likely to achieve 3 GCSE A*- C Grades

80% attendance =  7 ½ weeks absent from school- likely to achieve 2 GCSE A*- C Grades