At Limpsfield Grange, we expect parents and carers to:
- Encourage regular school attendance through working in partnership with the school and be aware of their legal responsibilities
- Ensure that their daughter arrives at school punctually and prepared for the school day
- Leave a message on the absence line by 8am every day that your daughter is unwell and unable to attend school
- Inform the school at least 24 hours in advance of an appointment that will require absence from school by sending an email to Mrs Gardiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copying to the Deputy Headteacher (email@example.com).
- Provide an appointment card or letter to support the absence, within 24 hours of the appointment taking place
- Notify the school immediately of any changes to contact details
Punctuality to school is crucial and registration at the beginning of the day with a student’s tutor is an important time of the day. Lateness into school causes disruption to the individual’s learning and to that of the other students in the class. It is paramount therefore that all students arrive at school on time. School starts at 9am but the school is open from 8.30am. Students who arrive after 9am will be recorded as late to school. Students arriving late must ensure they go straight to the school office to register. Students arriving late due to LA Home School transport will not be penalised. Registers close at 9.15am and after this, lateness is recorded as an unauthorised absence and can be subject to prosecution by the Local Authority. Persistent lateness by a student will be dealt with through the school pastoral system and may be referred to the EWO.
Students are not allowed to leave with a parent/carer during the school day without prior permission from the Deputy Headteacher. Wherever possible, parents should try to arrange medical and other appointments outside of the school day. Parents are requested to inform the school at least 24 hours in advance of an appointment that will require absence from school by sending an email to Mrs Gardiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copying to the Deputy Headteacher (email@example.com). Parents/carers must provide an appointment card or letter to support the absence, within 24 hours of the appointment taking place. Students must sign out at the office on leaving the school and sign back in on their return. Where a student is being collected from the school, parents/carers are requested to report to the school office before the student is allowed to leave the site.
The school holiday and INSET dates are published at the earliest opportunity and we expect parents and carers to book their family holidays during the school holidays. It is our policy not to authorise holidays in term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which became law on 1st September 2013 states that a Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher is also required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted. Parents and carers who wish to take their daughter out of school during term time must put their request in writing to the Deputy Headteacher at least two week’s in advance of the date of the requested absence. Permission for authorised leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, approved by the Headteacher. Where leave of absence is taken which does not fall into the exceptional circumstances category, it will be recorded on a student’s attendance record as unauthorised absence.