Attendance and Punctuality at NTC

Attendance

The place for students to be on a school day is at school unless there is a very good reason. NTC believes that regular attendance is a key ingredient in helping to achieve success in school and in life. If students are away from school then their parents must telephone the school each day that they are absent leaving a message on 01474 543624. Alternatively, email Mrs Walden at waldena@ntc.kent.sch.uk, giving the student name, form group and the reason for absence. Students should always bring a note from their parents when they return to school after being absent. However, a note from parents, alone, is not always acceptable and at times a medical evidence will need to be provided either in the form of a medical appointment card or sight of the prescription or medication labels.

Shopping, looking after other children, day trips, etc are not good reasons for missing school. We would also ask that medical and dental appointments are made out of school time as these are still classified as a negative absence.

Parents/guardians must obtain permission from the Headeacher if they want to take their child out of school during term time. However it should be noted that absence cannot be agreed unless there are exceptional circumstances. Also if leave is granted it is up to the Headteacher how many days leave can be authorised.

An application to the Headeacher must be made in advance (from the parent/guardian the child normally lives with)

Holidays are NOT permitted during school time and should not be booked. On very rare occasions for an exceptional circumstance you can request permission from the headteacher, however if granted it is still a negative figure on the boys attendance. Holiday forms are available from Student Services. All holiday forms MUST be accompanied with a letter explaining the reason & severity of the situation requiring leave to be granted. Decisions to grant special leave are based on a number of criteria. A student’s overall attendance for each academic year will be investigated to see whether previous leave has been awarded and to assess the overall attendance percentage. Please do not book holidays without having first obtained agreement. If unauthorised leave is taken a Penalty Notice, from the Attendance & Behaviour Service will be issued to parents along with a possible fine of £120 to each parent including step parents with whom the child resides, for each child in school, this is reduced to £60 if paid within 28 days.

Students who leave for an extended period of time may be taken off the school’s roll until their return. On their return the student will have to apply to the school to see if there is a vacancy for him to be enrolled. Enrolment is not automatic and a child taken off roll could lose their school place altogether.

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation,

Ms Gough
Assistant Headteacher

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