All schools have a duty to secure the regular attendance of their students through
- regular monitoring of non-attendance
- early identification of causes for concern
- swift communication with pupils, parents or carers about the problem
- finding a resolution to problems and securing return to regular attendance
It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child attends school regularly and arrives on time every day. Our school day starts at 8:50am and the expectation we have for all children attending The Compass Primary Academy is 97% attendance.
Definition of a Parent
All natural parents, whether they are married or not,
Any person who has parental responsibility for a child or young person,
Any person who accepts day to day care of a child or young person i.e. lives with and looks after the child.
The Compass Primary Academy requires medical evidence for all absences to be authorised, where a pupil’s attendance has fallen below 90%. Medical evidence examples are; appointment cards, letters, compliment slips or the medication packaging.
Issuing of Penalty Notices
Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Principal must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Principals would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.
Parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time
A Penalty Notice results in
It is important that parents understand that the initial penalty notice of £60 is issued to each parent for each child. A two-parent family with two children would be fined £240.
If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of a 28-day period, the Local Authority will instigate Court Proceedings and the outcome of a prosecution could be up to £1,000 per parent/adult.
For further advice and guidance about school attendance and absences please use the following links:
- Penalty Notices for Absences Code of Conduct - August 2016 (PDF format 276KB)
- Visit the Department for Education
The Public Health Agency have put together a useful guide on Inflection Control in schools. Please click here to view the guide.
The Vice Principal with responsibility for Attendance and Behaviour is Mrs Kelly Greaves.
The Education Welfare Officer responsible for Attendance is Miss Becki Duncan.
The Attendance Officer is Miss Pamela Ainsworth
The Brooke Weston Trust, Education Welfare Officer is Mrs Martine Boyd.