If your child is going to be absent from school, then you must inform the school and follow the correct procedures, below.
Achievement predicted by teaching staff is based on ‘Regular’ attendance which we expect to be 97% and above. Students with poor attendance rarely achieve their potential grades.
Illness is authorised at the discretion of the school.
Absence of 5 or more days must be supported by medical evidence or a Home Visit.
Absence of 5 or more consecutive days without supporting medical evidence or Home Visit will not be authorised*.
*Unauthorised Absence may then be subject to a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority.
A Penalty Notice may be issued for 10 sessions of unauthorised absence or more (including family holidays in term time).
The Local Authority prosecute parent/ carers if Penalty Notices are unpaid.
We operate a ‘3rd Day Calling’ system in order to advise and support parents/students during periods of illness.
Students who accumulate 3 or more episodes of illness, of any length, in any half term, may be asked to provide medical evidence for ALL subsequent absences.
On return to school following 5 or more days of absence, medical evidence must be handed in at Student Reception. If evidence is not received after one week, the period of absence will not be authorised and may attract a Penalty Notice. Alternatively, students can bring medical evidence up to the Attendance Office on the 4th floor
A ‘Return to School’ meeting may be arranged in order to ensure your child is aware of the support available in school to help them reduce the impact absence can have on their learning.
The Radclyffe School
0161 622 3200
Examples of Authorised Absence
Examples of Unauthorised Absence
Examples of Medical Evidence
A home visit may be required if medical evidence is unavailable for absence of 3 days or more. Authorisation of absence will then be at the discretion of the visiting officer.
Absence of 5 days or more and absence prior to, or following, a school closure may also be followed up with a Home Visit in order to ensure the safeguarding of children absent from school.
Home Visits may also be necessary should absence not be reported or explained.
In some cases home visits may be conducted during school closures
Special arrangements can be made to help your child remain in school during periods of illness or injury:
Please contact the Attendance Officer to discuss any concerns you may have or support you may require.
Alternatively, you may contact the Education Welfare Officer to discuss this procedure 0161 622 3204
This Policy was last updated in September 2017.