Attendance at Hawthorn primary School

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life.  Talking to your child and their teachers could help solve any difficulties you may have in getting your child to go to school and there are other forms of support available if you still have problems.  The law requires parents ensure their child receives a full-time education suitable to thei needs.  As a last resort, schools and the Local Education Authority (LEA) have legal powers to deal with poor attendance.

What to do if your child is absent?

 We completely understand that there will be times when your child is unable to attend school due to illness; however we ask that you could let us know the reason for your child’s absence as soon as possible with an indication of when they might return to school. Please call 01302535906 before 9am and leave a message on the answer machine, with your child’s name, class, and reason for absence on each day your child is ill.

What to do if your child is late?

 Children are expected to be in school on time every day as teaching begins immediately and it is important that your child doesn’t miss out.  Children who arrive at school after 8.50am must come into school through the main office and report themselves as late.  If your child arrives after the registers have closed at 9.30 then it will be recorded as unauthorised absence.

What to do if you are going on holiday during term time?

 Due to government legislation all holidays taken during term time will now be unauthorised and a fine will be issued by the LA unless it is exceptional circumstances for which evidence would need to be provided.  Please complete a leave of absence form available from the school office prior to taking any term time holidays.  Please be aware the school receives no income from the LA issuing fines for term time holidays.