At The King James's School we know that good attendance matters. Our target for pupils is at least 96%.
Pupils who have good attendance: achieve better results, make better friendships and have improved self-esteem and confidence. We value parents’ support in ensuring their children attend school every day and get the most out of their opportunities and time in school. Whilst we understand that there are occasions when students will have medical conditions that will cause absence, we are keen to promote resilience to minor ailments, such as colds and sore throats, whenever possible. We know that time spent with the high quality staff in lessons is invaluable.
Your support is vital. The school has a dedicated pastoral team who are happy to discuss any concerns or problems you may have regarding attendance. Feel free to contact your child's Pastoral Leader and we will be pleased to help.
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Further information regarding absence
Students who for any reason need to leave the site during the course of a day must show their appointment card to their form tutor. They will then give them a permission slip and they must sign out on the Early Leavers Register at the Pastoral Base.
Please try to make all dentist, doctor, hospital, optician and orthodontist appointments, outside school hours where possible. If this is not possible, please show evidence of the appointment at school reception.
The DfE have made amendments to the rules regarding term time holidays. The amendments make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Consequently, we use the Kirklees Code on Penalty Notices.
Under the Kirklees Code, Penalty Notices may be issued:
- If parents have not sought permission from the Principal before taking their child out of
school for a holiday in term-time;
- If the Principal has refused the request but the absence occurs anyway
- If a student has not returned to school by the agreed date with no satisfactory explanation;
- Where the absence has been recorded by the school as unauthorised in the attendance register on at least 10 sessions (5 school days) during the current term.
The government have also made amendments to the cost of school absence Penalty Notices. They will now be £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid within 28 days. The Penalty Notice is for each parent for each child. Holiday Request Forms are available from the School website under ‘Parents’.
Please contact the school every day before 8.45am to report your child’s absence. You can leave a message on the school answer phone 01484 412990 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org , stating your child’s name, class and reason for absence.
As part of our safeguarding procedures, the school operates an automated everyday call up system. This means that if we are not notified that your child will be absent from school, you will be contacted by telephone or text until we have confirmation of the absence.
If we receive no response to our automatic call then school are obliged to call the police on 101 and ask them to carry out a welfare check.