Attendance At School
Our school day starts at 8.45am (gates open from 8.35am) and finishes at 3.15pm.
The Department for Education provide advice and support regarding school attendance and absence.
Please contact the school on the first day of your child’s absence by 9:00am. Failure to do so will result in a telephone call or letter.
Authorised Absence is an absence agreed by the Head Teacher following an explanation from parents. The request for time off during term time can only be made using the request form overleaf.
Unauthorised Absence is an absence not agreed and/or unexplained/unreported.
Medical Absence is an absence for a medical procedure/appointment. Wherever possible, appointments should be made outside of the school day. Where this is not possible we will request doctors’ notes or an appointment letter.
Registration and Lateness
School gates open at 8:35am, with registration at 8.45am prompt. Arriving late to class disrupts everyone’s learning as well as the teacher. Please do not be late.
Parents of children arriving late will be required to record the reason for their child’s lateness in the late record in the office.
Repeated late arrivals will result in a letter home and persistent lateness will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer for action.
Parents do not have the automatic right to withdraw pupils from school for a holiday and, in law, have to apply for permission in advance. A request form is overleaf and are available from the Information Area.
The Head Teacher will determine if the request for a holiday in term time is reasonable. Uphill School will consider each request on a case-by-case basis. Some of the reasons the school may consider supporting an application for holiday in term time are:
The following would generally not meet the criteria unless there are additional circumstances:
Accumulated absences will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer.
The Local Authority (LA) is prepared to take Court Action against persistent absenteeism.
Accumulated unauthorised absences of 5 days (10 sessions) over a period of six months will result in a Fixed Penalty Fine issued directly from North Somerset Council.
Percentage of Attendance
There will be the opportunity to discuss your child’s percentage of attendance twice a year at Parents Evenings. If your child’s attendance falls below 85% a letter will automatically be issued to you for your information. Please note a two-week holiday will automatically mean your child’s attendance is less than 87%.
School Telephone No: 01934 626769