“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”
At Partington Central Academy we know that good attendance is the key to successful schooling and we believe our pupils can be amongst the best.
Attending school every day will help give your child the best possible start in life.
You can help us to help your child by encouraging regular school attendance.
Regular attendance helps children to develop their confidence and to make and keep lasting friendships.
Your child’s education is very important; attendance habits established in the foundation years of education can affect their entire school life.
By law you must ask for permission for your children to miss school.
Leave in term time will not be agreed for holidays. Children should only be absent from school for illness and medical appointments.
You can request “leave in term time” for your child using a request form available at the School Office. However, holidays WILL NOT be authorised
Arrange family holidays to coincide with school holidays
Never take your child out of school when there are important examinations or tests
Be aware of the potential impact on your child’s education
Avoid taking your child out of school when they are just starting. This is very important as your child needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.
There are 190 statutory school days in one year. That means there are 175 days (weekends & school holidays) available to use for holidays!
There is no entitlement to time off in school time to go on holiday.
Headteachers cannot authorise any leave in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. ALL holidays will be unauthorised.
Any period taken without agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may attract a Penalty Notice.
A 2 week holiday in school time means your child has approximately 50 hours of missed work to catch up on! Penalty Notices are now being issued.
Some parents choose to book holidays during term time because it is more convenient for them or perhaps better value than at other times.
We understand that everybody deserves a holiday but NOT at the expense your child’s education.
Guidance for Parents & Carers Regarding School Attendance & Medical Appointments
We understand that from time-to-time you may need to take your child to see the doctor or dentist, or maybe have hospital appointments to see specialist staff for regular referrals consultations and treatments. Please read the attached Medical Form for guidance.
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We expect regular attendance
The best attendees achieve the best grades
We reward and celebrate our best attenders
Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness, which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.
Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no ‘leave’ has been given. This type of absence can lead to the Authority using sanctions and/or legal proceedings.
Poor punctuality or leaving before the end of the school day is not acceptable.
School data shows a link between poor attendance & under-achievement
Missing just 10 minutes of school a day is the same as missing two weeks over the year.
Pupils who arrive late and/or leave early also disrupt lessons, which can be embarrassing for the child and can in turn, encourage absence. It is also extremely disruptive for the rest of their class.
Term calendars are available to download as a pdf document.
Easter falls unusually late this year at the end of April. This has affected the pattern of school holidays across the UK that parents and carers need to be aware of.
Normally, Good Friday and Easter Monday fall within the school spring holiday closure period, but this year it will be different. The Easter Holidays are ‘standalone’ Bank Holidays and are NOT part of our spring-to-summer term holiday break.
Monday 1st April until Friday 12th April.
The last day in school is Thursday 28th March and school finishes at 3:05pm.
Friday 29th March is an INSET Training day for teaching staff.
All students return on Monday 15th April at 08:45am
The Easter holidays (Bank Holidays) are on Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April.
The early spring bank holiday or ‘May Day’ holiday is on Monday 6th May.
School resumes on Tuesday 7th May at 08:45am.
Please be aware of this unusual pattern of holidays before you make any plans or bookings.