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Attendance and Absence


At Holmbush, we know that attendance is a key factor in achievement. All lateness and absences are recorded by our administrator for pupils and parents. We will ask for reasons for all absence or lateness. Our attendance is carefully monitored through these systems and referrals to the designated child protection officers can be made as needed. We will work closely with parents and carers on any concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue, the school may refer to the Education Welfare Service.

Unplanned absences

The pupil’s parent/carer must notify the school of the reason for the absence on each day of an unplanned absence by 9am or as soon as practically possible by calling the academy office team members. We expect parents/carers to phone the academy and speak to a member of staff, using 01273 592471. We expect to be given a specific reason for the absence that we can record in our attendance register.

We would NOT accept text message through ClassDojo or by email.

Absence during term time

We would encourage parents and carers not to take their children out of school during term time. Every day of your child's education counts. Holidays during term time will not be authorised.

Fixed Penalty Notices

The Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is an alternative to prosecution and gives you an opportunity to discharge your criminal liability by paying a fine of £120, which must be paid within 28 days.