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Leave of Absence (formerly Term Time Holiday)


At Shaw Cross we strive to ensure that children achieve the Every Child Succeeds outcomes.  These are:

  • be healthy
  • stay safe
  • enjoy and achieve
  • make a positive contribution
  • achieve economic well-being

We could not do this without the help of parents. One area in which they can really support their children is in promoting good attendance as this has a positive impact on future life chances and promotes economic well-being. In the early years of education children learn at a very rapid rate and so miss a lot if they are absent.

Because good attendance is so important, it is monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.  If children are ill, we understand that they will not be able to come to school.  In the early days of their education, they are likely to pick up illnesses.  For this reason it is important that  term time holidays are avoided and  only  taken in exceptional circumstances. As stressed above permission should be obtained by consulting the Head Teacher before booking the holiday.

Below is an explanation of the criteria that is used to measure attendance.

National Criteria Which equates to:
Above average = Above 96% Up to 7 days off school over the year
Average = 95.5% to 96% 8 to 9 days off school over the year
Low = 90 to 94.8% 10 to 19 days or more off school over the year
90% or below is regarded as persistent absence 20 days off school over the year
(This was 30 days until September 2015)

Parents must contact the school office if your child will not be attending school for any reason on the first day of absence.  When there is no satisfactory explanation, the absence will be deemed unauthorised.  Explanation such as minding the house, looking after other children or shopping trips will not normally be acceptable reasons for absence.

Attendance September 2016 to July 2017

Overall attendance 95.28% = High

Year 2 Year 1 Reception
95.55% = Average 95.50% = Average 94.79% = Low attendance

Illness and control of infection

In school we are vigilant about hygiene and encourage children to flush toilets, wash their hands and use tissues when coughing and sneezing in order to reduce the chance of infections spreading.

If your child has diarrhoea or vomiting, he or she must not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.

Click on image below to link to our kid's page with games and stories about infection control.

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