At Oasis Academy, Skinner Street, we have the highest aspirations for your child: we know that every lesson counts towards your child’s achievement. We also know that you, as your child’s parent/carer, want your child to get on well in life. Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school every day on time. When children do not attend or are late, they:
- struggle to keep up with school work
- miss out on the social side of school life – especially at primary school. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.
What does the law say?
By law, all children of compulsory school age must get a suitable, full-time education. As a parent/carer, you are responsible for making sure this happens. Once your child is registered at Oasis Academy, you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. If your child fails to attend regularly – even if they miss school without you knowing – the Local Authority (LA) may take legal action against you. The LA is responsible for making sure that parents/carers fulfil their responsibilities, and the school must tell the LA if your child is regularly absent from school. As a parent/carer, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly. You run the risk of being prosecuted by the LA if your child’s attendance is poor.
The Government’s minimum standard for primary school attendance is 96%.
If you consider you have exceptional circumstances to request a leave of absence during term time, please read and complete the form below with any supporting documents attached and return to the school at least 14 days before the date you wish to remove your child from school. We consider every request for absence in relation to the individual pupil’s attendance and educational attainment, therefore absence requests may involve an interview with the Principal or school representative.