Full attendance is extremely important to each student’s success and we expect students to attend fully during term time. Where unauthorised holiday is taken, this is referred to the Education Welfare Service and a Penalty Notice may be issued. Please consult the School Attendance Policy at the bottom of this page.
Please contact Miss Bates (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to discuss attendance or absences.
Being on Time
Students should arrive at school by 8.45am.
For whatever reason, if a student is late and misses registration, as soon as they arrive in school they must go to the school office to sign the late sheet. It is essential that we know who is in school in case of emergency.
Any student that is late will be handed a red slip to attend an after school detention the next day. The slip will detail where they will attend the detention. The detention will run from 3.10pm – 4.00pm and parents will be informed on the day that the student is late.
Persistent lateness will incur further sanctions.
If a student is late because of a medical appointment, evidence of the appointment will be needed. A dated appointment card will suffice.
Any students who are not in school by 9.00am when registers close and we have not been informed of the reason, will receive a text home from the Attendance Officer.
What do I do if my child is unwell and cannot attend school?
At St Paul’s we take the attendance of your child at school very seriously. However, in the case of genuine illness, please telephone the school office on 0116 2414057, Option 1 ‘Absences’, before 9am. If your child is ill for more than one day, it is important that you ring school each morning that they will not be in.
Leave of Absence
The law states that schools should not authorise leave of absence unless an application has been made in advance by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides. The Principal will only grant a leave of absence to a pupil during term time if they consider there to be ‘exceptional circumstances’. A leave of absence is granted at the Principal’s discretion, including the length of time the pupil is authorised to be absent for.
The school considers each application for term-time absence individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request.
Any request should be submitted as soon as it is anticipated and, where possible, at least 2 weeks before the absence
The Principal may require evidence to support any request for leave of absence.
Please avoid booking holidays unless you have received written confirmation from us that your request is agreed.
If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a Penalty Notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days) or your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates’ Court. (Where a penalty notice is issued and remains unpaid, legal action will be pursued by the Local Authority).