Many thanks for the continued support from parents with regards to attendance. Should your son or daughter’s attendance dip to 92% or lower then please be advised that we are likely to write to you to advise you of that. The Isle of Wight ruling has resulted in some questions being asked. I think it is important that you all parents are advised that there has been no change to statutory guidance regarding authorisation for leave of absence, and no change to John Taylor High School’s attendance policy. We can only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. Leave of absence still needs to be requested and you will receive a letter with the decision. Please also be aware that statutory action may follow as a consequence.
Some points to consider:
- Should your child require any time off school please do contact us to discuss this so that we can support where possible.
- Medical appointments: if the medical appointment cannot take place outside of school hours, please do send a copy of the appointment card or letter into school for our attendance records. Without this record we may not be able to authorise the absence.
- Selection for a Sporting/Music/Dance/Drama Event or Exam: should your child be selected for one of the aforementioned events we will request a copy of the letter or e-mail confirming the selection, date and time.
- Holidays: as always, we are never able to authorise holidays in school time so please avoid booking them during term time. Our term dates for the next academic year are already on our website: https://jths.co.uk/calendar/
- Unauthorised holidays taken in school time will always result in a penalty notice request.
- Leave of absence must be requested prior to the event. We are not allowed to authorise absence after the leave has occurred so the absence will always be unauthorised.
- If you do go away, please be honest. This prevents you being in an embarrassing situation. If we suspect that a child is absent due to a holiday then we will write to request medical evidence in order to authorise that time away from school. If this cannot be provided then the absence will be coded as unauthorised leave of absence and could result in a penalty notice being issued.
- If your son or daughter is absent from school for a significant period of time, such as a full week, we will expect medical evidence to support the time away. This can be in the form of a medical appointment card or a copy of a prescription. If the absence is likely to be longer than a week, please get in contact with the House Learning Manager, who will be able to coordinate work being sent home if appropriate.