DfE guidance 2013 removed the rights of Head Teachers to authorise leave in term time unless they deem that the circumstances are exceptional.

In line with DfE guidance and Sheffield City Council’s policy, school will not authorise any leave in term time if the circumstance is not deemed exceptional, and may request that the Local Authority issue a Penalty Notice for the period of leave taken.

The School maintains a vigorous stance on the importance of high attendance levels and any absence is monitored closely – electronic registration takes place for every lesson in the day. There is a very strong connection between a good attendance record and success at school. Year Leaders and Pastoral Managers work closely with parents and the School Welfare Service to ensure that absence is kept to a minimum.

Parents can help by:

  • Providing a note to explain any absences

  • Not arranging family holidays during term time

  • Actively encouraging their son or daughter to achieve an excellent attendance record (95% or above)

  • Contacting the School quickly if there are any problems about attendance

Information on attendance and absence

  • Number of students of compulsory school age on roll in September 2017 – 1142

  • Students in the Sixth Form in September 2017 – 556

  • Percentage of student sessions missed through absence 2016-2017 – 6.5%

  • Percentage of student sessions missed through unauthorised absence 2016-2017 – 2.1%

  • Attendance rate 2016-2017 – 93.54%

  • Leave of absence during term time is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

  • Fines may/will be issued by the Local Authority for students who are absent frequently or who take unauthorised leave.

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