At Bramley Vale School we want to ensure that our pupils are able to take the fullest possible advantages of all that we have to offer.  We want every pupil to attend school every day that they can.

Pupil absence should be reported by ringing the school office before 8.30am and selecting option 1, this should be done on every day of absence.

Our attendance policy sets out what is expected so that this may be achieved.

Parents/carers should:

Make sure their child attends school regular and on time, appropriately dressed, equipped and ready to learn.

Let the school know if they are having difficulty with attendance so that any available help or support can be offered.

Seek permission from school prior to any anticipated absence.

Not take their child on holiday during term-time

Not extend weekend breaks into the school week

Notify school if they intend to remove their child permanently from school for any reason

School will:

Make suitable arrangements for the safe daily reception of children

Be consistent in their attendance practices

Keep and mark registers accurately 

Follow up any unexplained absences

Notify families of their child’s attendance every term via letter

Notify the Local Authority (LA) of pupils who have poor attendance, leave school to be educated at home, go missing, or are excluded.

Our attendance gives details about applying for a leave of absence for your child if it becomes necessary through extraordinary circumstance to take your child out of school for any period of time.  We must state the following:

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively. Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorized. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.

Exceptional circumstances might include attending a wedding or a funeral or visiting with relatives who are on leave from the armed forces.

Please note the fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short.  If you request leave of absence on multiple occasions throughout a school year for the same reasons, this would not be considered ‘rare’.  The Headteacher will take a student’s previous record of attendance into account when making decisions.

Please ensure you apply for a leave of absence AT LEAST two weeks before the first date your child will not be in school in order to give enough time for processing 

Children who are not of compulsory school age cannot have their absences marked as unauthorised.  However, please apply for a leave of absence all the same as this will help us to keep our records clear and ensure we know where your child is when not in school.  Compulsory school age begins in the term AFTER a child has turned 5.  A child turning 5 on the 10th October 2023 will be compulsory school age from the 1st of January 2024