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Becket Primary School


It is important that your child attends school each day if they are fit and well. The teachers work hard to plan a series of lessons and if your child is missing; gaps in their understanding and learning will begin to appear.

Most lessons begin at 9:00am with assemblies being later. It is therefore important that children are punctual so that they do not miss any lesson time.

The whistle goes at 8:55.a.m. Any late comers must enter the building through the main reception and be signed in to the Late Book.

If your child is ill and unable to attend school please contact us on the first day of illness. If we do not hear from you then the school will call to check why your child is absent. This helps to ensure the safety of our pupils.

Where children’s attendance causes a concern this will be referred to the school’s Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). The EWO works closely with the school and may visit you if your child has frequent or long absences. This could lead to a fine or prosecution.

If you need to take your child out of school during the day for an appointment please let the school know in advance. A verbal message from the child is not acceptable and children must be collected by a known adult.

Changes to Leave of Absence

The Government is extremely concerned about the high levels of absences from schools that is attributed to parents taking their children on holiday during term time. Hence the need for new statutory regulations that have been imposed by the Department of Education.

The Minister for Education has recently announced that from September 1st 2013 schools can no longer grant leave of absence during term time unless there are explicit exceptional circumstances.

Consequences for parents taking children on holiday in term time which are not authorised by the school may result in a Penalty Notice of £60 per parent per child being issued by the Local Authority.

Following this national guidance, the Governing Body of Becket Primary School has agreed that school will no longer authorise any holidays in term time. We understand that this will be a concern to parents but we have to adhere to the new statutory regulations. All schools in the country will be similarly affected.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter; we all need to work together to ensure that children’s learning progress is not affected by poor attendance.

For further information regarding attendance and punctuality please refer to the school’s Attendance and Punctuality leaflet or visit the Attendance and Punctuality Guide for Parents and Carers page.