General Principles

At BiGS we recognise that your child’s regular attendance at school will increase their chances of getting good qualifications and a good job. Consequently we aim for students to have an attendance above 97% as per local governmental guidelines.

BiGS expects good attendance from all its pupils, in order for them to make the most of the opportunities that the school has to offer. We rely on our close partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved.

If your child is absent from school you must:

As early as you can on the first day of absence

  • phone the school, or
  • send a note, or
  • call at the school, to notify them about the absence, the reason and expected return date

Authorised And Unauthorised Absence

The law requires that all schools must now show the difference between authorised and unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absence can be:

The reasons your child should not be kept away from school include:

  • to look after brothers or sisters
  • to mind the house
  • to visit relatives
  • for long weekends
  • for shopping trips
  • for birthdays
  • for holidays during term time
  • for Milaads
  • for Khattams

Authorised absence can be:

  • Sickness
  • Medical or dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside school hours
  • Days of religious observance

Term Time Holidays

Please be aware that recent changes to the law mean that our school will not agree to an absence for a holiday in term time. The law states that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.

Recent amendments to school attendance regulations (which came into force from 1 September 2013), remove references to family holidays and extended leave and make it clear, that the Headteacher may NOT authorise any absence from school unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you feel there are exceptional circumstances why your child needs to be absent from school, you should apply, in advance, by writing to the Headteacher explaining clearly the dates and reasons you are requesting leave of absence. If the school refuses a request for leave of absence and the child is still taken out of school this will be recorded as unauthorised absence and noted in the child’s record. Consequently you may recieve a Penalty Notice for the period of absence from Bolton Council.

Our children are praised for good attendance, we award an attendance certificate and reward during Celebration Assemblies to recognise which class has had the best attendance and individuals with excellent attendance are rewarded at the end of the academic year or termly with an outing. Attendance is also noted on end of year reports and information which is passed on to colleges.

The School Day

Our school day starts at 8.25am. Registers are marked shortly after this. Pupils who are not present for registration will be marked as absent initially. If they arrive before 8.50am this will be changed to present but late. Two or more late’s in a week will result in a detention on Friday after 3pm.

Monitoring Attendance

  • All attendance will be monitored carefully and parents notified of persistently in order to help improve attendance and punctuality.
  • The percentage figures for each class will be monitored regularly and linked to the attendance award during Celebration Assemblies.
  • The average percentage attendance for the whole school will be monitored each half term.
  • Teachers will note both authorised and unauthorised absences in the registers.
  • Admin staff will contact parents to clarify any attendance queries.
  • Concerns will be brought to the attention of the Education Welfare Officer (EWO), Sue Billingham, Bolton Council.
  • School will support any action taken by the EWO, which may include fixed penalties.

Please Remember

  • Ring the school if at all possible on the first day of absence.
  • Or send a written message.

Related Documents: Home School Agreement

Additional Information: The Law

The Education Act 1996 Part 1, Section 7 States:

The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable:

  • To his age, ability and aptitude
  • To any special needs he may have

either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

For educational purposes the term parent is used to indicate those that have parental responsibility and/or those that have the day to day care of the child.

The legislation that appertains to children who are of compulsory school age and are registered at school is contained within this Act.

Part V1 Section 444 contains the details of when an offence is committed if a child fails to attend school.

Register and Admission Roll Keeping:

The legal requirements are found in The Education (Pupil Registration) England Regulations, 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013. The education act 1996 – sections 434 (1)(3)(4)&(6) and 458(4)&(5)