A good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. Children need to go to school regularly and punctually to make the most of their educational opportunities and you, as parents and carers, have a vital role to play in making that happen.
The best for your child
The Knights Templar School wants to support all parents and carers in making sure their child gets the best possible education. The law is strict to reflect the crucial importance of regular and punctual school attendance. The Knights Templar School will always try to work as closely as possible with parents and carers to resolve any difficulties, but will take legal proceedings if there are no exceptional circumstances for the absences and attendance has not improved.
Working with parents and carers
If there are any concerns, we will try to solve these problems first. However, if we cannot solve the problems, then you may be invited to a meeting at the school or we may visit you at home.
The school will always try to help parents and carers, and work with them to resolve any difficulties that are preventing a child's regular attendance. However, the law is quite clear that parents and carers are responsible for making sure their child goes to school regularly and on time.
There may be good reasons for attendance problems, such as illness. However, if it becomes clear that this is not the case, and despite every best effort to work out a solution the child's attendance does not improve, we may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or begin legal proceedings.
What does the law say?
All parents and carers of children aged 5 to 16 who are on a school roll must, by law, make sure that their child goes to school both regularly and punctually. That means you have a duty to make sure your child is in school when they should be and that they arrive at school in time for both morning and afternoon sessions.
You should be aware that records of meetings, both paper and electronic, copies of letters and details of telephone calls with the school will be kept and may be used as evidence in court if legal proceedings are taken. In the first instance, a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued if a child has 21 unauthorised sessions. Requests for authorised absence will not normally be granted for the purpose of a holiday. Any parent or carer taking their child out of school for the purpose of a holiday may be subjected to a Fixed Penalty Notice.