At Southmere Primary Academy we are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, to support pupils to achieve their full potential. We believe that good school attendance and punctuality is essential and directly linked to a child’s progress

Attendance Rewards

We have many incentives to encourage good attendance. Children who achieve 100% attendance in a half term receive a prize from the Swap Shop and a certificate to celebrate, they are also included in a prize draw to win a £20 gift voucher. Children who achieve 100% over the whole academic year are entered into the prize draw to win a Kindle Fire. We support children and families to have good attendance through daily tracking and weekly awards, home visits and Inclusion Leader support.

Attendance Support

It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that children attend school regularly. Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Hindle and Inclusion Leader, Ms Hague are available to support families with attendance. Should your child become ill and be unable to attend school, please telephone the academy as soon as possible. Please avoid unnecessary absences as your child’s education will suffer. The academy phone number is: 01274 422040. Children can leave school during the day for an urgent medical or dental appointment only Any non urgent medical appointments will not be authorised, please speak to your GP or Dentist who will be happy to provide non urgent appointments outside of the school day.

Holiday in Term Time

Absence during term-time is very detrimental to the progress children make. We aim to minimise the amount of time lost to learning through our policy which actively discourages parents from arranging family holidays or trips abroad during term time. We will only authorise absence for leave in exceptional circumstances. Families do not have a right to take their children out of school for the purposes of family holidays or trips abroad. Guidance instructs Headteachers NOT to authorise leave of absence in term time. Permission for this type of absence should only be granted in the most exceptional circumstances. It is for Headteachers to determine what are ‘exceptional circumstances’ and apply these consistently and fairly.

Parents should not take their children out of school without first seeking the schools permission.

Penalty Notices will be issued to parents who take their children out of school for holidays and leave of absence without the permission of the school.

Parents and carers are politely reminded of the policy for applying for exceptional leave during term time:

1. Complete a leave of absence form ahead of the proposed period of absence. These can be obtained from the Main Office.

2. Meet with the Head of Academy to discuss the application.

3. The Head of Academy will notify you in writing as to whether the leave can be authorised.

If an application does not meet the criteria in our policy for exceptional leave, the absence will be unauthorised. We will request that Bradford Metropolitan District Council issue a Penalty Notice(s) to you in all cases that meet the threshold. The fine is £60 per parent per child. Once a penalty notice has been issued, parents have 21 days to pay the fine. If a parent fails to pay in that time then the fine will double to £120 and a further seven days is given to pay, taking the total time to make payment 28 days.

If a payment is not made within 28 days then the council has the power to prosecute in the magistrate’s court for the offence of failing to ensure your child attends school regularly. A guilty verdict at court can lead to a fine of up to £1000, and a criminal record which can affect employment opportunities.

Further information on the penalty notice system can be found on the Bradford Metropolitan District Council – Information for parents and carers leaflet.

We politely ask parents to work with us to avoid taking holidays during term time.

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