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St Hugh’s A Church of England Academy

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The Academy has the lead role in ensuring that the legislation in relation to a child’s school attendance is being followed.

The Academy has a responsibility to assist students and parents or carers to improve school attendance in order to maximise the educational opportunities available to young people. This involves working with children and families, as well as with the community and other agencies in order to perform these duties.

100% Attendance

Achieve a certificate and prize at termly award event.

96% Attendance 

Above school average

95% Attendance 

Below school average.  Letter home to highlight concerns of student's attendance with parents.

Below 93% Attendance 

School sets internal school target.  

Continued poor attendance and/or unauthorised absences

Attendance Panel followed by fine or prosecution is attendance is not improved.

Ensuring Children’s Rights to an Education

Most attendance problems can be resolved by talking with the academy and agreeing actions to help with the problems identified. However, there are occasions when students are absent for no legitimate reason. In these situations, the school has a legal duty to ensure a student’s right to access education as outlined in the following legislation:

  • The Education Act 1996
  • The Children’s Act 1989
  • The Children’s Act 2004
  • The Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • The Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003
  • PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) 1984
  • The Human Rights 1998

The legal options that the academy is required to consider include issuing fixed penalty notices and prosecuting for regular non-attendance. In an attendance court case, the Magistrate can issue fines of up to £2,500 or detain parents in prison for a maximum of three months. The Magistrate can also direct the academy to run Parenting Orders and Education Supervision Orders with families.

The Attendance Panel

The Attendance Panels are run by key staff at The West Grantham Academy St Hugh's on a regular basis. Parents are invited to discuss the attendance of their child. If no legitimate reason for absence can be identified, an attendance target is set. If the target is not achieved, a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is issued. If the FPN is not paid, the case of failure to ensure regular school attendance will be heard in a Magistrates Court.

Holidays in Term Time

Under the new legislation we are no longer able to authorise holidays during term time.

Leave of Absence

This is only authorised in extenuating circumstances.

And finally…

The vast majority of parents work closely with the academy if any attendance problems arise. If you have any queries in relation to attendance matters please contact our key staff on 01476 405200 or by email by clicking on one of the following links: