Attendance

General Attendance Letter

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Dear Parents / Carers,

If your child is to achieve their educational potential, it is important that they attend school regularly. We all know that there are times when children have to have days off school but it is important that these absences are kept to a minimum. If your child is absent, please could you contact school by 9.45 am to let us know why your child is absent.

At St Stephens we encourage children to attend school regularly. Registers are checked on a weekly basis. If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, you can expect to receive a causing concern letter. If your child’s attendance falls below 85%, a referral may be made to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO).

Certificates and badges to celebrate 100% attendance will be given out at Sunshine Assembly at the end of each term and special certificates, badges and prizes are given to those children whose attendance is 100% for the whole year.

Please see also our ‘Rewards’ page.

Yours sincerely

Cathie Masztalerz

Penalty Notices For Non-School Attendance

Dear Parent / Carer,

Penalty Notices for Non- school attendance – Information Letter – Tameside Local Authority

Section 444(A) of the Education Act 1996 empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices in cases of unauthorised absence from school. This means that when a pupil has unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more, in any term (where no acceptable reason has been given for the absence) or if their child persistently arrives late for school after the close of registration, their parents or carers may receive a Penalty Notice of £120, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days.The penalty notice will need to be paid in full before 28 days of the notice being served. Failure to pay a penalty notice may result in prosecution.

In law, an offence is committed if a parent or carer fails to secure a child’s regular attendance at school. Tameside Education Welfare Service, in conjunction with schools and Greater Manchester Police, will use these powers as an early deterrent to prevent patterns of unauthorised absence developing.

Parents may also receive a Penalty Notice without a warning letter for the offence of failing to secure regular school attendance under the following circumstances:

Their child is stopped on a truancy sweep more than once
They go on holiday in term time without school’s permission
The child fails to return to school following a fixed term exclusion

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 also makes it an offence if a parent fails to ensure that their child is not in a public place during the first 5 days of a fixed term or permanent exclusion. Penalty Notices may be issued for such an offence.

The Local Authority and schools are committed to providing the best possible future for your child. If you have concerns about your child’s attendance at school or if you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact your school and ask for help.

Yours sincerely

Cathie Masztalerz
Headteacher