The law on attendance and absence is now quite specific both for the school and parents/carers. We are unable to authorise any term time absence, other than in exceptional circumstances.
Parents/carers must inform the school before 8.55 am whenever their child is absent. You may telephone 01264 790375 or text 01264210004.
If it is essential for your child to be absent during the school day you must inform the school in advance or, in some cases, personally collect him/her. Under no circumstances will children be allowed out of school unless accompanied by an adult.
The Tidworth & Ludgershall Cluster schools, following advice from Wiltshire Council, have agreed that Headteachers may only consider holiday requests during term time in exceptional circumstances e.g. for service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking leave of absence outside term time at any point in an academic year, for service personnel granted pre-tour operational leave or R & R during operational tour (but not post tour leave) or due to terminal illness or bereavement of a parent or sibling. There may be other circumstances, e.g. a family wedding, family bereavement, prison visit, when a holiday may be requested. Each request will be considered, taking into account the pupil’s overall attendance, the number of requests and the reason for the request. If the number of unauthorised absences is more than five school days within the previous six months in an academic year, school are expected to notify the Educational Welfare Service and a Penalty notice will be issued. You will have received a leaflet from Wiltshire Council giving information for Parents and Carers about Penalty Notices which is also available on the school website or from the school office.
Various rewards have been suggested by the School Council for good attendance. Attendance rewards include 100% stickers, certificates, chocolate fountain parties, cinema trips and assembly announcements of the best attending classes each week. There is a weekly attendance update in each school newsletter.