At Egerton High School we believe that regular school attendance is a valuable key to enabling students to achieve their full potential. We strive to work with students and their families to ensure excellent attendance and punctuality. Any issue related to absence, attendance or punctuality that you are not sure about, or if you would like any support to improve your child’s attendance and punctuality please contact the Attendance Officer, Sarah Moore, to help us keep the system working efficiently.
Please remember to make contact with the school by 9.00am on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend due to illness. This should be done by telephoning 0161 749 7094, and asking to speak to the attendance officer.
If you know of any planned absence, such as hospital appointments, please give as much notice as possible. We would appreciate all dental and non-urgent doctor appointments being made out of school hours.
We ask that you do not take your child out of school during term time for holidays. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the school holiday periods, losing valuable school time is at the expense of your child’s education.
The law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. The Local Education Authority works with schools to reduce the numbers of children missing school because of holidays taken in term time and schools, by law, can no longer authorise a holiday during term time. If you decide to take your child out of school during term time for the purpose of a holiday, then this will be classified as an unauthorised absence and may lead to a penalty notice and subsequent fine being issued.
Students must arrive promptly before school starts. Registration begins at 8.45am, students arriving after this time will be marked as present but arriving late and will need to report to the student entrance, appropriate sanctions will then take place.
If your child arrives one hour after registers have closed this will be marked as an unauthorised absence, which will affect their attendance. If your child is repeatedly late for school, we will contact you and try to work with you to improve this.
Odd Day Absence
Where we feel that your child is showing patterns of odd days of absence we will contact you and try to work out if there is any reason for his/her occasional absences. Again we will work with you and your child to try and improve attendance.
Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that if a parent fails to ensure the regular school attendance of their child if he/she is a registered student at a school and is of compulsory school age, then they are guilty of an offence.
Where there fails to be an improvement in attendance, the Local Authority will be notified and legal action in the Magistrates’ Court may be taken. The school will provide the Local Authority with evidence required for a prosecution under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 and will appear as a prosecution witness if required by the court. This is to ensure that parents realise their own responsibilities in ensuring attendance at school and most importantly about returning children to education.