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Askern Moss Road Infant Academy

Askern Moss Road Infant Academy

Attendance and Absence

At Moss Road Infant School we rate attendance highly. Every Day Counts! It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.

The school day starts at 8.55am. School finishes at 3.30pm.

We expect pupils to arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day.

96% - 100% (less than 7 days absence in a year) is good attendance.

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.

All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance either in writing or by completion of the school form; 'Application for absence in term time', which is available to download on this page. Absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.

If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness you must contact the school each day they are kept off.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good attendance percentage?
96 - 100% (less than 7 days absence in a year) is good attendance.

What is poor attendance?
Anything below 95% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities. It is also important that your child arrives on time each day!

What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 96%?
Schools monitor pupil attendance regularly. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.

If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time parents will be served a penalty notice by Doncaster Council (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad.

Did you know there are 175 non school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc

What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school. The school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child's attendance.

What should I do if my child is absent?
Contact the school on the first day and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence.