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One of the most well-documented phenomenon in education is the fact that children who attend school regularly do the best at school.
At St James' we actively encourage children to be in school whenever possible and are largely successful in this with absence well under the national average. However, it is the parents' responsibility to ensure that this happens.
We ask parents to inform school of the reason for a child's absence as soon as possible, and no later than 9:15am on the first day of absence. Please note that if we have not heard from a parent as to the reason of absence by 9:15am our office staff will try to make contact with either parent followed by nominated emergency contacts, If no contact is possible the police will be informed for safeguarding reasons. Where a child is ill the school should be notified of the nature of the illness and an idea of when the child is expected to be able to resume school. A letter on return, confirming the reason for your child's absence is useful for our records. Similarly, parents should contact the school to notify us of an absence for medical/ dental appointments.
Parents should be aware that, within the context of the law, parents are not allowed to take children out of school during term times except in the case of illness or for exceptional situations. They are no longer permitted to take children out of school during term time for holidays. See our Authorised Absence Policy for clarification of this matter.