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:-
- 01293 842936
- or by telephoning the main school number 01293 420500
- or email email@example.com
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.
For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence