School Attendance

Here at Scholar Green we believe that regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. Children who frequently miss school often fall behind.  There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results.   For this reason we are continuing to include the promotion of attendance as a priority during the year 2016-17.  Our attendance for 2015-16 has been rated as "green" by the local authority and was above national average.  We want this to continue during 2016-17.  We have set the target of achieving 98% attendance during the academic year 2016-17. Regular updates of our attendance will feature on the school facebook page.  Any class that achieves 100% attendance during a week will earn a non-uniform day the following week.  Pupils with attendance above 97% each half term will receive a reward.

1 day off per school year

= 99.5% attendance

10 days off per school year

= 94.7% attendance

20 days off per school year

= 90% attendance

90% attendance

= 4 whole weeks off school

Less than 90% attendance in year's 1 - 6

= Half a year off school


Your responsibilities as a parent


All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.


Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues.  If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.


Changes to government legislation from 1 September 2013


From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time. 
Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional.  Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

A penalty notice is a fine to parents or carers if they fail to ensure that their child/ren attend school regularly.  Cheshire East Council is responsible for issuing penalty notices on behalf of schools in the county. 
If a penalty notice is issued, it will be one fine to cover the whole period of the absence.  So the fine would be the same amount for an absence of five days or 10 days.  For example, a parent could be issued with a £60 fine if their child misses one day of school each week over a five week period, whilst another parent might be issued the same fine for one two-week block of absence.


Penalty fines are £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the fine is not paid, parents will be reported for prosecution.

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