From 1st September 2013, due to an amendment to the 2006 School Attendance Regulations, Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you need to take your child out of school, your child must request a Leave of Absence Form from the Student Services Office. You must use this to seek permission from the Headteacher, at least four weeks in advance of the absence. If you take your child out of school for a leave of absence without authorisation from the Headteacher then a fixed term penalty notice will be issued.
At The Barlow, we believe that your child’s attendance in school is extremely important, especially if pupils are to achieve their potential at GCSE. By law, all schools have to follow very strict regulations, with every absence recorded and reported. We want your child to achieve, to be happy and to feel that they belong to our school community and their attendance is an important factor in ensuring this.
Reporting an absence
If your child is ill or has a very good reason to miss school, please ring us before 8.20am on 0161 445 8053 selection 1, to report your child’s absence.
- If your child is ill, we will mark them ‘I’ for ill on the register
- For medical appointments at the hospital or dentist, we mark ‘M’ for medical. Where possible, appointments should be made outside of school hours
- If there are unusual circumstances such as a serious illness in the family, we mark ‘C’ for circumstances
- The school allows one day for religious festivals for all major faiths apart from Christianity. As a Catholic school, Christian religious dates are usually within school holidays. Further days taken for Religious Festivals will not be authorised.
- If your child is persistently absent due to illness, the attendance team may request medical evidence.
Parents are not allowed to keep their children off school for any of the following reasons: family birthday, shopping, holidays in term time, visiting relatives, watching a sports event or looking after family members. All these reasons will be marked as unauthorised. If you need to take your child away from school, your child must request a Leave of Absence Form from the Pupils’ Services Office. You must use this to seek permission from the Headteacher, at least four weeks in advance of the absence. If you take your child out of school without permission, you may be given a fixed penalty notice.
The school day starts at 8.20am and pupils must be in school for that time. If your child is late, they will be marked as Late (L) and given a same day 30 minute detention. Parents and carers will be notified of the detention via a text message to the person who is listed as the first contact in our information system.
At The Barlow, we monitor each pupil’s attendance and record this on their reports. We encourage 100% attendance. If a child has below 93% attendance, a warning letter is issued to parents and the child will be monitored by the Attendance Officers. If attendance drops below 90%, parents will be invited to a formal Attendance Panel in school as they will be in danger of receiving a penalty notice.