At Saint George’s we value regular attendance and good punctuality to school and lessons. If you have concerns about your child’s attendance contact us early to seek advice and support. Ms. Fry, Families Officer, is dedicated to this role and can offer a wide range of strategies to support families and students. We know that erratic attendance has a significant impact on learning, progress, and attainment. The Headteacher and Governors at St George’s have a strong expectation that parents will support staff in their endeavors to ensure that every child is able to reach their full potential. We expect all students to aim for 96% attendance.
If your child’s attendance continues to present a concern the school will use the legal framework available. Initially, this may be a Fixed Penalty Notice Warning letter, and if matters do not improve a Fixed Penalty Notice or a referral to Kent County Council’s School Liaison Officer.
Parents and carers should be aware that the law regarding authorized absence changed in September 2013. Headteachers may no longer grant leave for holidays, weddings, etc. A student may only be absent from school due to illness, medical appointments, or in exceptional circumstances. If you chose to take your child out of school during term time for any other reason, you may be liable for a Fixed Penalty Notice.
We require all absences to be reported to the Attendance Officer before 10 am daily (01474 533082 ext:3007) firstname.lastname@example.org. Absence evidence must be supplied if your child is absent for more than 4 days.