Above and Beyond
Attendance to Achieve
The Academy places great emphasis on the importance of punctuality and school attendance as it plays a significant part in students achieving their goals.
All students have their attendance monitored rigorously and the Academy will use fast track prosecutions and attendance panels in order to support parents.
The Academy discourages parents from removing their children during the school term as they will miss important learning time. It is now illegal to remove your child unless it is for exceptional reasons. You must seek the Academy’s permission before you make any arrangements that will lead to your child being absent from school.
We have a policy of first day contact when a student is absent. Parents receive a text message informing them their child is absent and asking for them to contact us to let us know why.
If a student is prevented from attending, or is late, families are asked to notify the school by 9am on the first day of absence or lateness. Contact with the Academy is required each day of a student’s illness by phone (01603 411721) or using the contact page.
Click here to view the Sewell Park Academy Attendance and Punctuality policy
In Norfolk, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued in accordance with the Norfolk Local Protocol (May 2014).
A school can refer a case to the County Council to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for either:
15% or more unauthorised absence for reasons other than a term-time holiday within a six week period.
Where in a 12 week period, there are unauthorised absences bringing attendance below 90% and some or all of the absence may be attributed to an unauthorised holiday in term-time.
Failure to pay a fixed penalty notice reverts back to a Section 444 1 Education Act 1996 offence and you will face prosecution in the Magistrates Court.
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for term-time holidays and the Isle of Wight case
Following the recent press reports in response to the Isle of Wight case, the following information is intended to provide some clarity on the issue.
It is important to note that there has been no change to the law and Department for Education (DfE) guidance in respect of authorisation of family holiday during term time. Headteachers should continue to comply with the 2013 amendment to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (2006) Regulations 2013 which means that they cannot authorise a leave of absence from school unless it is exceptional; every case should be treated on an individual basis and with due consideration of the circumstances.