At Epsom Primary and Nursery School we encourage excellent attendance. It is important your child attends school well to ensure a good education. By law, as a parent or carer, you must make sure that if your child is aged five to 16 (compulsory school age), he or she receives a suitable full time education. This means that your child should not have sessions of unauthorised absence. During term times, your child should attend school regularly unless he or she is ill or the school has authorised their absence. Regular attendance now means 100% of the time the school is open unless you have the permission of the Head Teacher to be absent.
If your child is too ill to go to school, you must let the school know If your child is too unwell to attend school, please ensure you let the school know before 8.30am. If we do not receive a reason as to why your child is absent, they may receive an unauthorised mark. Where possible please provide the school with medical evidence such as a doctor’s appointment card or letter, especially where children are off for more than a few days.
We encourage parents not to take their children out of school during term time. If you do need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances, please complete a ‘Request of Leave’ form from the school office.
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 during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances will be determined by the Head Teacher, including the number of school days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
If you take your child out of school without the approval of the school for 5 days or more, you will be liable to receive a Penalty Notice from Surrey County Council for failing to ensure your child’s regular school attendance.
Each parent will be liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child who is absent.
The Penalty Notice is for £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid after 21 days, but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice will result in the Local Authority considering legal proceedings against you in the Magistrates Court. Please see the link below.