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Absence from School

Absence due to Illness

Please report your child's absence from school by one of the following methods before 9.25am:

  • Telephone the school on 879634.  If the answerphone is switched on please leave a message stating your child's name, class and the reason for your child's absence.  As certain illnesses are reportable please state the nature of illness ie. sickness, throat infection etc
  • Email the school office  office@sis.nelcmail.co.uk stating your child's name, class and the reason for your childs absence.  As certain illnesses are reportable please state the nature of illness ie. sickness, throat infection etc

 

Absence Other Than Illness During Term Time

The school is required to comply with the Government legislation relating to pupil absence i.e. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment)  Regulations 2013 (with effect from September 2013).

Term time holidays have been removed from the amended regulations. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

 

Although not an exhaustive list, the following circumstances may be considered as ‘exceptional’:-

  • Religious festivals/observances
  • Armed forces prior to deployment on active service
  • When a family needs time together after a ‘crisis’
  • Graduation/passing out ceremony of a parent or sibling
  • Traveller gatherings
  • Family funeral
  • Holiday absence for under 5's

All applications for leave of absence for any reason must be made in advance (at least 5 working days) by the parent to the Headteacher using the ‘Leave of Absence Request Form’ (attached). All requests for leave of absence will be treated on an individual case by case basis, complying with the legislation. For families with children who attend both Scartho Infants’ School and Scartho Junior Academy, the Headteachers will make a joint decision whether to authorise any leave of absence. The schools may also liaise with Tollbar Academy or other schools where siblings attend if appropriate.

No absence requests will be authorised for Year 2 children during May (end of KS1 assessments) or for Year 1 children for the period of the Phonics Screening Check (one week in June tbc).

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