Pocklington C.E. (VC) Infant School
Maxwell Road
Pocklington
York
YO42 2HE

01759 302 699

office@pocklington-infants.org.uk

Pocklington C.E. (VC) Infant School

Attendance/Absences

 Encouraging good attendance is a high priority at our school.

Pupil Absences

You can notify us if your child is absent from school by completing the online form or by phoning the school on the first day of absence. We ask that you do this before 10 am each day of absence. note explaining the absence should be given to the teacher/office upon their return.  For pupils who need regular medical appointments the school has a medical absence card that health care providers can sign.  This leaflet gives more information about school absences due to ill health.   There will be an 'unauthorised absence' record in the register if the absence is not explained.  Letters are sent out each 1/2 term to parents if pupils absences are causing concern.  In extreme cases the education welfare officer will be notified.

Holidays during term time

We have adopted the East Riding Term Time Holiday Policy.  

Information from East Riding with regard to attendance

You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly.  If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).  An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.  Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.  Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.  If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

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