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Attendance, Holidays and Absence


Just one week of absence in term time means your child is at risk of not achieving his or her full potential!

 Why good Attendance:

We appreciate that children are unwell from time to time and that there can be exceptional circumstances for absences, but we ask that you think carefully about keeping your child out of school.

There is a strong connection between attendance at school and achievement. Absence is proven to have a significant negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment. The information in this leaflet shows how attendance affects the examination results of your child. As you can clearly see the more a student attends school the better they achieve and vice versa.

Regular school attendance is essential for all of our students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances in life.

Every student at Braidwood, in line with the Governments expectations, is expected to maintain an attendance level of 98% and above. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, students, staff and governors to ensure they achieve this level of attendance, therefore we monitor and review the attendance of all students constantly.

 The Law

 The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time.  Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning.  You may consider that a holiday/absence will be unavoidable but your child will miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive during your holiday/absence.  Students returning from a term time holiday/absence are also unprepared for the lessons that build on the teaching they have missed. Children rarely catch up on missed work; this poses a potential risk of under achievement. It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school regularly.

 Any term time holiday will be recorded as unauthorised

The Education Welfare Service will be notified of the holiday/absence taken and a Penalty Notice may be issued.  Please note that a Penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school.  A Penalty Notice is a fine of £50 and this increases to £100 if not paid within the first 28 days.  If the Penalty remains unpaid this may result in legal action. 

Over one school year, if your child had:

98% attendance = less than 4 days absent from school

95% attendance = less than 10 days absent from school

90% attendance = 4 weeks absent from school

85% attendance = 5 ½ weeks absent from school

80% attendance = 7 ½ weeks absent from school

Over 5 years (years 7 - 11) - if your child had:

85-90% attendance = having about half a year off school!

80% attendance = 38 weeks off school = one whole school year missed!