At the Al-Madinah School we believe it is vitally important for pupils to attend school regularly and punctually. This will give them the best opportunity to progress and achieve their full potential. Good attendance and punctuality will also encourage pupils to become responsible and resilient individuals which will serve them well in the future.
- We expect every pupil to attend school for at least 95% of the time.
- We expect pupils to arrive on time every day.
- We will support parents in their legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually.
- We believe family holidays should not be taken during term time. We are not obliged to authorise requests for holidays during term time.
At the Al-Madinah School we expect parents to contact us by telephone on the first and each subsequent day of their child’s absence.
The school should be informed of any planned absence in advance.
Pupils should be on the school site by 8.20am every day.
TYPES OF ABSENCE
At the Al-Madinah School we believe family holidays should not be taken in term time. We will not authorise any holidays except in exceptional circumstances.
Absences which are considered unavoidable may be authorised by the school. These include:
- general illness, unless your child is classed as a Persistent Absentee.
- attending certain religious festivals or ceremonies which have been agreed with the school
- a medical or dental appointment that could not be made outside of school hours.
- being in hospital or having hospital treatment.
- attending a funeral with family.
- attending an interview for a job or place at a college.
- taking part in a public performance or an examination.
Please inform the school on the first day of each subsequent day of absence.
Absences which are considered avoidable will not be authorised by the school. These include:
- Minor illness or looking after an ill relative.
- Looking after the house or waiting for workmen/deliveries etc.
- Being on holiday for 10 days or more.
- Looking after brothers or sisters, including dropping them off at school or nursery.
- Helping with housework or a family business.
- Being unhappy or not getting on with others at school.
- Being up late the night before.
These pupils with very low attendance are defined as persistent absentees. We will work hard to support these families.
Please be aware that the percentage values are for guidance only and a pupil can be ‘fast tracked’ to any stage as is deemed appropriate. We are very keen to work with you and to support you and your child. If there is anything we can do to help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.