The Skegby Junior Academy, in line with government directives, expects pupils to attend school for at least 96% of the time. This equates to half a day’s absence every two weeks. If a pupil is absent for a whole day their attendance for that week drops to 80%.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 have removed the reference to holidays during term time and now provide that a leave of absence during term time will only be granted where an application is made in advance to the Academy and the Academy considers that a leave of absence should be granted due to exceptional circumstances relating to that application.
What amounts to ‘exceptional circumstances’ is a matter of discretion for Mrs Marples, the Principal and should be judged on a case by case basis but it is unlikely to amount to an exceptional circumstance if it is merely claimed that a holiday abroad can only be afforded in term time or that a parent is unable to take leave during school holidays.
If your child is absent from the Academy, we ask you to let us know, either by letter, telephone or drop in to tell your child’s teacher. If we are not informed on the first day of absence, we will ring you for confirmation of absence.