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Absence from School

Absence Due to Illness

Please telephone the school (preferably by 9:30am) on the first day and any subsequent day(s) of any absence, letting us know how long your child is likely to be away.  In cases of prolonged absence, it may be appropriate to arrange for some work to be sent home.  Students who have been absent from school must bring a letter from their parents on their first day back explaining the reason for their absence. 

Leave of Absence During Term Time

At Congleton High School we firmly believe that maintaining an excellent attendance record is directly related to achieving success, which is why we expect all students to aim for at least 96% attendance, although many maintain a 100% attendance record. 

We hope that all parents and carers will encourage their child to maintain a high level of attendance and support them by not making appointments etc during school hours.  Leave of Absence will only be authorised in very exceptional circumstances.

The 2013 amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, make clear that the Principal may not grant any leave of absence (holiday) during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  The amendments give parents no entitlement to take their child out of school for a holiday in term time.  Therefore, Leave of Absence during term time for a family holiday will only be authorised if the parent or carer can prove that the circumstances for the request are exceptional.   Further detail can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance/a00223868/regulations-amendments

If a parent or carer feels that there are exceptional circumstances making a request for a Leave of Absence unavoidable then a Leave of Absence Form should be completed in as much detail as possible to allow a decision to be made.  However, should the parent or carer decide to take Leave of Absence without the necessary authorisation, the school reserves the right to issues a Fixed Penalty fine. 

Medical or Dental Appointments

Where possible, we would prefer medical and dental appointments to be made outside of the school day.  If your son/daughter has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment during the school day, they must bring their appointment card to school and show it to their tutor.  They also need to show it to staff in Student Reception when they sign out to leave school.