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Sickness and Absence

Parents should inform the School Office if their child is sick and absent from school. For certain types of illness, the School Office will give advice, based on Public Health England guidance, in relation to when your child should return to school (see below).

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Leave of Absence Requests

Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the DCSF has recommended that holidays should not be taken in term time.

This school follows Government guidance when deciding whether to authorise holidays during term time.

Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 removed references to time away from school being allowed for family holidays and extended leave.  Previously, schools could grant up to ten school days' leave on a discretionary basis, but with effect from the 1 September 2013 this is no longer allowed.

Headteachers will now only be able to grant a leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances - taking your child out of school during term time without specific permission can lead to legal action, including fines.

Holiday in term time have a serious detrimental impact on a student’s education and can be damaging to an individual’s development in school and educational chances.

Holidays in term time are not a right and should not automatically be granted.

  • Approval will not be given for holidays during SATs week or examination weeks.  Parents should check for information on such dates.
  • Long weekends and ‘odd’ days off should not normally be authorised as term time holiday.
  • Approval will not be given for holidays which are taken due to availability of cheap holidays or desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experienced in school holiday periods
  • Overlap with the beginning  or end of term
  • The attendance of a pupil for the 12 school week period prior to the request being received.

Any absence taken where a request has been refused by the Headteacher, the absence will be recorded as “Unauthorised Absence”.  Such unauthorised holiday absence may result in a fixed penalty fine and legal action through a Magistrate’s court.  Fixed Penalty Fines are issued per parent per child.

You are advised not to make any booking before ascertaining if the proposed holiday can be authorised.

If you feel your application for a holiday falls within the exceptional circumstances criteria please complete the attached form.

Attendance Statistics

Pupil attendance rates at SUN School are consistently high and we aim to work with parents to ensure that our standards are maintained.

Overall attendance 2017/18 - 96.2%

Overall attendance 2016/17 - 96.4%

Overall attendance 2015/16 -  95.9%

Overall attendance 2014/15 -  96.5%

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