At Sidmouth we want to do all we can to encourage high levels of attendance and punctuality. Children who attend well and who get to school on time do better than those who don’t.
How We Record Absence
Absences are recorded as authorised or unauthorised.
A child who is too ill to come to school, whose parents/carers inform us of their absence, will receive an authorised absence mark. A child who is not in school and whose parents/carers have not contacted school regarding the absence will receive an unauthorised absence mark. An unauthorised absence will also be recorded if the nature of the absence was unacceptable. If the number of unauthorised absences for a child reaches 20 Sessions (1 day = 2 sessions) in a term the Local Authority expect the school to issue a Fixed Penalty Warning Letter and the absence will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer. When a child arrives at school after the register has been closed (9:20am) an unauthorised late mark is recorded.
Outstanding attendance is 100%.
Good attendance is between and including 95% - 99%.
Cause For Concern attendance is between and including 90% - 94% and will be closely monitored.
Poor Attendance is any attendance below 90% and will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
Parents/Carers must contact school on the day of the absence. This can be done by a phone call to school or a verbal message. When you call school choose option 1 to leave a voicemail message or option 2 to speak to a member of the school's Administration Staff.
Wherever possible Doctor, Dentist and other appointments should be made outside school hours. If this is not possible please inform the school office. Evidence of appointments must be brought into school in order for us to authorise the absence. Your child must return to school after the appointment.
No holidays should be taken during school time as this will be classed as an unauthorised absence. We will only authorise this in exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised holiday absences will result in a fixed penalty notice of £60 per adult, per child.