For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children attend school. As a college we will work closely with the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) to support regular attendance.
Regular and punctual attendance of pupils at school is both a legal requirement and essential in order for pupils to maximise the opportunities available to them. The Education Welfare Service will continue to investigate cases of irregular school attendance by undertaking targeted casework intervention and, where appropriate, instigate legal action under the Education Act 1996 for unauthorised absence.
We have set all our students a personal target of 96% as we feel this level of attendance will ensure success in lessons.
There is no automatic entitlement to time off in school time to go on holiday. All absences of this nature will be unauthorised. Parents should inform the College of their intention to take unauthorised leave, via the main office. Parents should be aware that the College may refer parents to the local authority EWO and suggest the award of a Fixed Penalty Notice.
If your child is not in school
- they may be absent without your knowledge
- they may be at risk
- they are missing out on their education
- they miss more than half a year of their education if they miss two weeks of school every year
- you may be fined £60 or prosecuted, fined up to £2,500 and imprisoned
- you may be given a parenting order by the court requiring your attendance at counselling/guidance sessions.
Pupils with good attendance
- achieve better
- feel happier
- gain confidence
- find it easier to make and keep friends
- have better prospects of employment and training.
Ms Y Lee, TCOLC Attendance/Welfare Officer
Ms A Withers, TCOLC Attendance Officer