Attendance Matters!

At Saint Pius X Catholic High School good attendance and punctuality are a high priority. We expect every student to achieve 100% attendance during an academic year.

Parents and teachers have the responsibility to ensure the attendance rates at Saint Pius X Catholic High School are increased and rates of unauthorised and unexplained absenteeism are kept to a minimum.

What to do if your child is going to be absent from school:

If your child does need to be off school please contact attendance on 01709 767900 Option 1.

We will need to know:

· Your child’s name.

· Why they are not in school (if it is through illness we will need to know what the illness is)

· When they will be back in school.

Please ensure that you call in and record your child’s absence each day if they are going to be off school for multiple days. Please note that you may be asked to provide supporting documents for medical appointments.

If patterns of attendance cause concerns you will be contacted by your child’s pastoral leader or student manager from Saint Pius X Catholic High School to discuss the problem, they are there to help you.

You can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned if your child has a poor attendance record.

Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.

Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and in all cases leave for a holiday in term time will NOT be granted.

If a request for leave of absence is unauthorised and you still take your child out of school a request can and in some cases, will, be made to the Local Authority to consider issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice. From 1st September 2013 Fixed Penalty Notices are £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days rising to £120 per parent per child if paid within 28 days.