It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that your child attends school regularly. Should your child become ill and be unable to attend, please telephone the academy as soon as possible. There is an answering service on which you can leave a message at any time of the day or night. We will also require a note explaining his/her absence on their return. Please avoid unnecessary absences as the continuity of your child's education will suffer.
The academy absence line is: 0113 212 7100
If you wish your child to leave school during the day for medical or dental appointments please send a note in advance and arrange to meet your child from the main academy reception area, where they will need to be "signed out" and "signed back in" if they return to school later that day.
You will be aware that primary schools are no longer permitted to grant authorised holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This follows a change in government legislation which took effect in September 2013. All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.
We share the view of the local authority that regular school attendance is vital to ensure children get the best possible start in life. The issue of term time holidays has received a large amount of attention in the media recently and you may be aware of the Supreme Court judgment with regard to a prosecution brought about by the Isle of Wight Council v Platt.
Please be aware that there has been no change in the law with regard to the penalty notice system or the interpretation of what should constitute pupils regular attendance. Head teachers retain the discretion to decide whether to authorise an absence in any given circumstances.
Parents and carers are politely reminded of the policy for applying for exceptional leave during term time:
- Complete a leave of absence form ahead of the proposed period of absence. These can be obtained from reception.
- The Head may wish to discuss the application with you.
- The Head will notify you in writing as to whether the leave can be authorised.
If an application does not meet the criteria in our policy for exceptional leave the absence will be marked on the register as unauthorised. We will request that Leeds City Council issues a Penalty Notice(s) to you in all cases that meet the threshold. The fine amounts to £60 per parent per child. Once a penalty notice has been issued, parents have 21 days to pay the fine. If a parent fails to pay in that time frame, each fine will double to £120 and a further seven days is given to pay, taking the total time to make payment 28 days.
If a payment is not made within 28 days then Leeds City Council has the power to prosecute in the magistrate’s court for the offence of failing to ensure your child attends school regularly. A guilty verdict at court can lead to a fine of up to £1000, and a criminal record which can affect employment opportunities.
Further information on the penalty notice system can be found on the Leeds City Council – Information for parents and carers leaflet.
East Garforth Primary Academy is committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, to support pupils to achieve their full potential. East Garforth Primary Academy believes positive school attendance and punctuality is essential and directly linked to a child’s progress.
We politely ask parents to work with us to avoid taking holidays during term time.