At Springbank Academy a pupil's attendance is of vital importance in helping them to secure a good education, and to access the learning opportunities being made available to them throughout the school.
By law, parents are responsibe for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. If they fail to do this they are guilty of an offence and parents of children over 5 years old may be given a penalty notice or prosecuted under section 444 of the Education Act 1996. In Nottinghamshire, parents can be fined if their child has in excess of 3 days unauthorised absence over a 6 week period.
The current law no longer permits any entitlement for parents to take their child on holiday during term time. At times there may be exceptional circumstances, and in this instance an application for leave must be submitted which may be authorised by the Headteacher at their discretion.
If you require any additional help, please contact school as a variety of support is available including 'care collections.'
More information can be found on Nottinghamshire County Council's website:
Congratulations to all our 100% attendance award winners, a HUGE well done.
Where an absence is unauthorised or unexplained, we will work through the following procedure:
First day of absence:
Morning- Text sent home at 10:30.
If no contact has been made with the family:
Afternoon- Telephone call to be made between 12:00 and 1:00.
Second day of absence:
Letter to be sent home via recorded delivery at 10:30.
Third day of absence:
Home visit to be made and calling card left.
Referral made to missing persons via the Missing Children Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council.
Local Authority informed who will issue a warning letter.
Fourth day of absence:
Wider search to be initiated and daily phone calls made to the family and additional contact.
Fifth day of absence:
School to contact Local Authority and ask them to issue a penalty notice to each parent for each child to whom persistent absence applies.