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We are committed to providing all ICC students with the best start in life and we work hard to ensure that all ICC students attend school regularly. Reducing absence from school is a key priority both for ICC and the government. The  majority of students' parents at Ifield Community College ensure that their children attend school regularly.

When your child is absent

By law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.

Parents should provide reasons for absences and the school  must decide whether or not they justify authorisation according to Government Guidelines. Medical evidence may be required.

Whenever a child is absent from school the parent should:

  • Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. If no notification of  absence is received, the school office will  contact the parents to ascertain the reason
  • Where possible let the school know in advance of any planned absences e.g. hospital appointments
  • Where possible make medical/dental appointments out of school hours

Reporting an absence

Parents/Carers must report a child’s absence every day.  This can be done by leaving a message on our 24hr absence line:-

Arriving late to school

When a child arrives late to school it can be very disruptive to  your child, the teacher and other children in the class.  If your child arrives late to school they will be marked as late on the register and given a detention.

Absence and the Law

As a parent you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends regularly, even if they are missing school  without your knowledge. The details of parents with children who have unauthorised absence (including those who have taken an authorised holiday) will be passed to the school’s Education Welfare Service, who could consider issuing a Penalty Notice or starting legal action.

Absence in Term Time Request Form and Policy

Crawley Schools Attendance and Punctuality Policy

ICC Attendance Leaflet

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