Reporting an Absence

Reporting your son’s absence

Royal Liberty is committed to promoting the welfare of our students through regular school attendance. We know that every day lost to education can have a serious impact on your son’s attainment and overall progress in school. We are therefore fully committed to promoting school attendance by providing an environment and ethos where students feel safe and can build positive relationships with their peers and staff.

We expect that in return, parents ensure that their son attends school regularly and punctually and that holidays in term time are avoided. It is also important that your son is punctual; consistent lateness is detrimental to progress and disrupts the start of the day for the class.

How to report your son’s absence

If your son is ill and is unable to attend school please report this to the school attendance officer Mrs Chambers office by telephone: 01708 730141 ex 202 or by email: stating the reason for absence and in the case of illness, the symptoms.

If your child needs to attend a medical appointment during the day please collect and return your son from the office in the main reception area of the school. There is a signing in and out record book and you will be issued with an authorised absence pass.

Any family may contact Ms Chambers for support and advice regarding absence concerns or about the health and well-being of your child. Ms Chambers monitors school attendance and part of her role is linking with the Assistant Headteacher Pastoral who may hold Formal Attendance Meetings when a student’s attendance is of concern and their overall attendance % has fallen below the school’s attendance target of 95%. The meeting is a supportive meeting and is held monthly for 3 months and during that time your son, yourselves and the school will work within the agreed plan to improve and stabilise your son’s attendance. The school are obliged and will make a referral to the Education Welfare Service if your son continues to have poor school attendance and the school have been unable to resolve it by the Formal Attendance Meeting process. In such cases, the school remains concerned that you are failing to ensure that your son attends school regularly. As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your son attends school regularly, even if they are missing without your knowledge. In such cases, the school may decide to report their concerns to the Local Authority Education Welfare Service. If the Education Welfare Service decide that an offence has been committed they may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice, which carries a fine or they may decide to put the matter before the Magistrates.