We recognise the importance of regular attendance. The overall level of attendance we expect children to achieve is 100%.
All pupils should attend school for every session that is available to them, unless the reason for their absence is one that meets the school’s criteria for authorising absences, e.g. illness, non-routine medical/dental appointments, religious observance, educational visits and another unavoidable cause.
If you need to report your child's absence, please do so via School Spider. If you are unable to do that, you can call the school office on 01684 293577
Legal Duty as a Parent
The parent of any child at Twyning has a legal duty to secure the regular attendance of that child. Failure to secure the regular attendance at school of a registered pupil is a criminal offence which can lead to prosecution of the parent(s) in a magistrates’ court.
Gloucestershire Local Authority has produced information leaflets which parents are advised to download and read. Here is the link to these leaflets: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-attendance-and-exclusions-and-welfare/attendance-and-absence-from-school/
Leave of Absence for Exceptional Circumstances During Term-Time
Head teachers have the discretion to authorise absence during term-time in exceptional circumstances. The school's Attendance Policy makes clear that the requirement for exceptional circumstances means that the vast majority of requests will be refused and, if the planned absence is taken anyway, this will constitute unauthorised absence which may result in the issue of a penalty notice to each parent in respect of each absent child.
Parents are requested at all times to contact the school office to discuss any absence from school.
Implications of poor attendance
A pupil whose attendance rate is 90% means that he/she is absent for the equivalent of one half day every week. This is the same as missing 4 WEEKS of school in an academic year.