We are committed to providing all Ifield Community College 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 ICC ensure that their children attend school regularly.
When your child is absent
By law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.
Parents/carers 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/carer 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/guardians 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/carer 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/guardians 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.
How ICC encourages good attendance
Good attendance is of such importance that we place a great deal of emphasis on it and have placed considerable resources into promoting it. Listed below are some of the strategies we have in place:
- Attendance targets for individual students, mentor groups and the school
- We use Go4Schools to record regular attendance to help parents/guardians monitor their child's absence
- We promote good attendance through Parents' Consultation Evening, Progress Review Days, assemblies and during Mentor time
- Students are rewarded for good and improved attendance throughout the year
- The Principal reports on attendance to the Governors each month
- Computerised registration system that allows each lesson to be monitored
- Contact is made with parents/carers on the first day of absence
- We work closely with external agencies
- Our Attendance Officer supports students and parents when attendance issues arise
For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence