Leave of Absence
By Downloading the Leave of Absence Form you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions laid out below, the form can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page:
The purpose of this letter is to remind you of our procedures with regards to attendance. I am delighted to let you know that last academic year’s attendance rate for students at the school was 95.20%. This is extremely encouraging and I would like to thank you for supporting us in ensuring that your child attends school. As I am sure you will appreciate, academic progress is directly linked to attendance and poor attendance has an immediate impact on a student’s chances of success in the future.
It is, therefore, extremely important that you notify the school of any pre-arranged absence, be it for a full day or part of a day, so I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our procedures should your child need to be absent from school.
If your child is absent you MUST:
First Day Calling
Returning to school after an absence
Request for Absence in Term time and Unexplained Absence from School
There are only 190 contact days in the school year which means that there are 175 non-school days left for holidays, treats and shopping. This letter provides you with the information required to make an informed decision and to ensure that you are aware of the legal position should you take your child/children out of school during term time.
May I also take this opportunity to remind you that, in line with the Crawley School’s Attendance Policy, requests for absence in term time will not be authorised. I would like to draw your attention to the school’s Attendance Policy, which refers to the potential use of Fixed Penalty Notices for the following:
A referral for a Fixed penalty Notice (FPN) may be made to the Local Authority for the following reasons: -
Fixed Penalty Notices (Please see WSCC Penalty Notice leaflet) - Applies to Years 7 to 11 only
A Fixed Penalty Notice, if paid within 21 days, is £60 per parent per child, after which it goes up to £120 per parent per child to be paid within 7 days. Should the Fixed Penalty Notices remain unpaid at the end of this period of time, the County Council is required to commence prosecution in the Magistrates Court for the original offence of failing to ensure regular and punctual school attendance of your child/children. This is a criminal offence under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 and carries a maximum fine of £1,000 per parent per child and/or a parenting order or community Service order.
We will continue to reward not just good individual and class attendance in school, but also much improved attendance from students. We know that we all need to work together to improve attendance and the achievement of all our children and I thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Should you wish to discuss any points mentioned in this letter, please contact Mrs Hitchcock, Student Services Manager on 01293 652971.
Rev. C Millwood
You can download the Leave of Absence Form: HERE (PDF)
You can view the West Sussex County Council Penalty Notice Leaflet HERE (PDF)