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Cwmbran High School believes that if pupils are to benefit from education, good attendance and punctuality are crucial. As a school we will do all we can to ensure maximum attendance for all pupils. Any problems that impede attendance and punctuality will be addressed promptly.
If your child is absent from school, please telephone the school and leave a message on the 24 hour absence line before 9 a m. Without notification the absence will be recorded as unauthorised, and your child will be placed in Internal Exclusion upon their return to school.
It is your responsibility to inform the school when your child is absent. Failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised, possibly resulting in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer.
The Government regards 95% as the minimum satisfactory attendance for a secondary school pupil. It is the school and not parents who decide whether or not to authorise absences. The only legally accepted reasons for not being in school are illness (a note from the Doctor will be requested for continued illness), holiday approved by school or a day of religious observance. A letter must be sent to the Headteacher when requesting a holiday in school term – only in exceptional circumstances will these be authorised.
The law empowers designated local authority officers and Headteachers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to the parents of children who have unauthorised absence from school. This would be considered appropriate when:
- At least 10 sessions (5 school days) are lost due to unauthorised absence during the current academic year. These do not need to be consecutive.
- Unauthorised absences of at least 10 sessions (5 school days) due to holidays in term time or delayed return from extended holidays.
- Persistent late arrival at school, i e, after the register has closed, in the current term. “Persistent” means 10 sessions of late arrival.
- Truancy, where the child has come to the attention of the Police or public during school hours for being absent from school without an acceptable reason.
The penalty notice fee is £120.00, which is reduced to £60.00 if paid within 28 days.