Change to school Absence policy

31st January 2017

30th January 2017

Dear Parents

Change to the Absence policy

Last October we informed our parents that the schools’ attendance (absence) policy

would be reviewed, making sure that it is in line with the latest County and National

policies. This review has now been completed by the governors, with careful

consideration of the Ofsted Inspection findings on attendance, and the following

changes have been made under ‘exceptional circumstances’;

Exceptional Circumstances:

     The Governors consider three two criteria that may meet ‘exceptional circumstances’ but in each case, the final decision remains with the executive head teacher.

  1. In the case of a parent serving in the armed forces returning from active service.

    In the case of parents whose income/employment is totally related to the tourism industry and can therefore only take a family holiday ‘out of season’.

  2. In the case of death or serious illness of a close family member.

In effect, this means that any request for family holiday or other leave of absence taken in term time will no longer be authorised, starting immediately. Please note that any parent requesting leave of absence will be invited to a meeting with Mrs Wandless, Mr Sturges or Miss Neil.

If you experience any difficulties with regards to attendance, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss ways in which we can help you. Please be reassured that your child’s well-being is our top priority and we are always willing to support you in any way we can.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lucy Wandless

Executive Head teacher

Godolphin, Garras & Sithney Schools