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Our School Diary

Holidays In Term Time

The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.

All schools have received clarification from the Department of Education about children taking holidays during term time. As of September 2013, Headteachers are not able to authorise any holiday requests during school time.

If there are exceptional reasons (not holidays) for parents taking their children out of school, a meeting must be arranged with the Headteacher in order to discuss this. The Headteacher can then seek advice from the DfE.

For more information about attendance please read our Attendance Policy or if you need help or support with your child's attendance please do not hesistate to contact our Headteacher or Learning Support Mentor, Karen Hickinbottom.

Why Attendance is Important

At Alford Primary School we work closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If you child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning;
  • their friendships;
  • their self-esteem and confidence.

We monitor the attendance of every child in school and work closely with the Inclusion & Attendance Team, at Lincolnshire County Council. We will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason. 90% attendance sounds good, but it means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week;
  • nearly four weeks every school year;
  • over one School year in a school career.

As you will see below, attendance figures are moving in a positive direction, reflecting our relentless drive to ensure that children attend school regularly. Our 2015 figures were looking really positive until we had a spate of sickness later in the year.

94.7% attendance in 2012

94.9% attendance in 2013

95.91% attendance in 2014

95.99% attendance in 2015

96.11% attendance in 2016