Absence

At Northgate we are committed to high standards of attendance and punctuality. Good attendance helps the children in this school community to maximise their learning

Punctuality

The school gates open at 8.45am to allow child to be ready in class for the start of the day at 8.55am for registration.
The gates shut at 8.55, so if you arrive after that time, please bring your child to the main entrance to sign them in. The registers close at 9am.

What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child is unwell or has an emergency doctor’s appointment, you are asked to report absence by 9.30 am using our designated absence reporting line. Please ring 01279 652376 and leave a message on Option 1. Please state your child’s name, class, and reason for absence. Please state a clear reason ie. Cold, sickness.

Due to a change in attendance procedures, the school is now duty-bound to telephone parents on the first day of absence if we have not received notification by 9.30am.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

How long should my child be off if they have been sick or had diarrhoea?

Your child should not attend school if they have been sick or have an infectious / contagious disease until they are clear.  In the case of sickness keep your child at home until 24 hours after the last incident and in the case of diarrhoea, please keep your child at home until 48 hours after their last incident to minimise the risk of spreading the bug.

The school has guidance on the exclusion times of other illnesses, so please ask for advice if you need it.

Planned absence

What do I do if my child needs to leave school early one day?

It is encouraged that appointments, such as the dentist and doctors, are made after the school day. However, if there is an unavoidable reason why your child needs to leave school during the school day, you must inform the school in advance via telephone on or by letter/note to the class teacher. You will need to collect and return your child from the office, and sign them out/in.

Term time holidays

Changes in legislation make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers no longer have the discretion to allow any time for a family holiday or to agree to extended leave for parents to visit their country of origin. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the holiday periods this ultimately means losing valuable school time at the expense of your child’s education. If your child is absent from school because of a holiday which has not been agreed, this will be classified as an unauthorised absence.

If you feel that the circumstances are exceptional, then an application should be made to school, prior to any arrangements being made. The Headteacher will then decide whether or not the absence can be authorised.
 

What do I do if I need my child to have a planned absence?

A request must be made in advance by completing an Application for Leave of Absence Form, which is available from the office, for all holidays or medical appointments along with a covering letter and/or copy of the medical appointment letter. This request may or may not be authorised by the Headteacher dependant on the circumstances.  

What is poor attendance and what happens if my child has poor attendance?

From February 2016, Hertfordshire County Council have reduced the number of unauthorised absence sessions from 21 to 15 in the current and/or previous term.  (A session is the equivalent of half a day’s attendance).  

On the rare occasions where a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern, the school may work closely with the Attendance Improvement Officer from Hertfordshire County Council.

To view our full Attendance Procedures and the regulations around these please read the following policy: