Sickness, Absence and Holidays

Sickness and Absence

If your child is absent due to sickness, the school must be notified by telephone or in writing by 9.30am on the first morning of absence.  If your child is absent from school and notification has not been received, then, for child protection/health and safety reasons, the school will contact the parent/carer to ascertain the reason for absence.  The administrative staff will normally make this telephone call.  If no reason is provided or obtained the child’s register will be marked as unauthorised.

To report an absence please telephone 01924 263224 or email absences@horburyprimary.accordmat.org

Holidays in Term Time

In line with government guidance and legislation, Horbury Primary Academy will no longer authorise the taking of term-time holidays by pupils.  Government research shows that absence from school is closely linked to attainment.  Any absence can be detrimental to a child’s education and should be avoided.

Horbury Primary Academy will not grant requests for term-time holidays unless exceptional circumstances are given and are approved by the Headteacher.  Exceptional circumstances will be considered in line with Government guidance.

Where a family is refused authorisation for a leave of absence such as a holiday request but continues to take their child out of school, or where a parent makes no request of the school prior to a leave of absence, this may result in a Penalty Notice being issued to the parents/carers.  This will be for £60 per child per parent.  The child’s register will be marked as unauthorised absence.

Further details can be found in the Accord Attendance Policy below.

Attendance Action Allowance

Members of the Attendance Action Alliance have worked with the Department for Education to develop a short school attendance guide, which helps parents understand how they can work with their school and local authority to support their children to attend school and get the right support. It can also be found on both the Office of the Children’s Commissioner page for parents and page for schools
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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