Our children love to come to school and teachers and parents often have to try hard to persuade sick children to spend time at home until they are well enough to return.
It is important that you inform the school of your child’s absence no later that 9 o’clock on the first morning of absence. The school is committed to ensuring that pupils’ attendance is at its maximum. Our Education Attendance Officer undertakes a register check each half term and will follow up any concerns regarding attendance or punctuality in collaboration with the Headteacher. Serious or persistent cases can lead to prosecution and fines, so we urge you to work with us to maintain a high level of attendance.
Holiday policy leaflet
Leave of Absence in Term Time Request
Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Benson, has prepared a few leaflets to explain St Oswald’s Academy procedures. Please click on the links below to find out more
Following the recent court case over school attendance our Attendance Officer has prepared the following statement to clarify St Oswald’s Academy position
Leave of Absence in Term Time
Following the successful appeal of the Isle of Wight Council v Platt, whereby the court decided the council had correctly issued a penalty notice to the parent where the child had been absent from school for a holiday, St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust has been advised by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council that the criteria for the issue of a penalty notice will revert to the penalty notice code of conduct which had been in abeyance following the initial judgment by the High Court.
This means that the academy will recommend to the local authority the issue of a penalty notice, where either of the criteria is found to exist, namely:
- The holiday is taken at anytime in September.
- For any student whose attendance was below 95%, within the previous 12 calendar months of the holiday being taken.
- At any time during formal external examinations and assessment periods, including preparation time.
- If a holiday warning letter or Penalty Notice has been issued during the previous 12 calendar months, of the holiday being taken.
This will take place with immediate effect.
Any enquiries to be made to Mrs Benson, Attendance & Early Intervention Manager