At Biscovey Nursery and Infants Academy, we believe that the attendance of our pupils is exceptionally important. There are only 195 days in the academic year and so, if a child misses just 20 days, they will miss more than 10% of their schooling for that year.
The school is no longer allowed to authorise up to 10 days holiday for a family within the academic year. These rules were changed in 2013. Any leave of absence request must be submitted in writing via the request form below, or via a hard copy obtained from the school office.
We expect full attendance at all times. Lateness in the mornings disrupts the class routine and will affect your child’s progress. We expect children to arrive at school from 8.35am in order for lessons to start promptly at 8.45 am.
Please be aware the school will not be able to authorise absence for any child whose current attendance has already fallen below 90%
It is important that you inform the school office on the first day of your child’s absence from school for any reason e.g. illness, doctor/dental appointment, etc. It helps to know if a child will be absent with a long term illness or infectious disease. Children who have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea must be kept off school until 48 hours after their symptoms have gone.
You are able to notify the school by telephoning or leaving a message on the school answer phone on 01726 812006 before 8.45 am.
Absence and lateness will be monitored by the Education Welfare Officer.
The school operates a first day contact regarding absences, therefore you may receive a call or text asking for an explanation for your child's absence.
HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME
Planning your holiday: We publish the school term dates and INSET dates well ahead. This is to help you plan your holidays and leaves of absence. When you book your holiday, please check that it does not clash with the school term dates.
The value of regular attendance: Your child must attend school regularly to learn how to read and write and be able to interact with others. Research shows that pupils perform better if their parents or carers emphasise the importance of attending school.
Your legal responsibilities: You have a legal duty to make sure your child attends school regularly and punctually. The school and the Local Authority monitor your child’s attendance and will take action if it is poor.
Biscovey Infants' School's attendance target is 96%.