Attendance at school and legal intervention
Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. At Litcham our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential.
This letter is to remind all parents/carers that the law that requires them to ensure that their child attends school regularly. The Government remains very clear that no child should miss school apart from in exceptional circumstances and schools must continue to take steps to reduce absence to support children’s attainment.
The Local Authority operates a system where any pupil will meet the criteria for legal intervention through the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice where they have:
- 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence where some or all of the absence may be attributed to an unauthorised holiday in term-time (for absences from 1 September 2017); or
- 15% unauthorised absence over a period of 6 school weeks for reasons other than unauthorised term time holiday.
Any pupil at Litcham School who meets either of the criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.
If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment within 21 days. If a Notice is unpaid within 21 days, the fine will double to £120 per parent per child if paid within 28 days. If a fixed penalty notice fine is not paid in full within the timescale set out above, the Local Authority is required to start legal proceedings against the parent(s) in the local Magistrates’ Court for the offence of failing to ensure their child has attended school regularly.
I hope we can count on your support in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year if you have any questions.
 Please note that the school day consists of 2 sessions.
Request for Student Leave of Absence
Government Directive: You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. Leave of absence is only granted in exceptional circumstances during term time. Schools should not authorise absence if they believe it is to the detriment of a student’s education, or if is during the examination periods.
Before requesting an application, we would ask that you consider how the absence will affect your child’s education. National statistics show 10 days absence in an academic year does have a negative effect on attainment. Schools are not obliged to provide work for students taking leave of absence, however some may choose to do this.
The Government advises that any refusal of leave must be recorded as unauthorised absence on the student’s records. As you may be aware, an accumulation of unauthorised absences may result in either a Fixed Penalty Notice or legal proceedings against you at the Magistrates’ Court. The Academy will discuss with the Local Authority any cases of unauthorised absence and whether the issuing of a Penalty Notice would be appropriate.
Please contact a member of our Reception Team to request a leave of absence application form firstname.lastname@example.org / 01328 702005.