Council Agrees New School Attendance Policy

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

Councillors have been told that some parents feel it’s cheaper to pay the fines for taking their children out of school during term time rather than pay more for a holiday when schools are out.

Children and Yong People Committee member, Beryl Read, suggested they look at the level of the fines that the school can charge. At present, parents can be fined up to £120 for each child’s absence.

The revelation came during a discussion on a new attendance policy for the Five Islands School.

This was an area that Ofsted picked up in their recent report, and contributed to the lower grading for leadership and management.

Performance Manager Keith Grossett said there was a tendency for some parents to take holidays during term time and the new policy will help clarify the responsibilities of parents, the school and the Council to ensure students attend lessons.

The policy says that the school can grant up to 10 days leave, at the discretion of the Head Teacher, although parent are “actively discouraged” from arranging term-time holidays.

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