Attendance and reporting absence

Attendance and reporting absence

Every day of learning at Christ the Word Catholic School matters.

Absence due to illness

If your child is too ill to attend school you need to let the school know by phoning the school office before 9.00am if possible. You need to let us know the reason for the absence and how long your child will be absent from school. You are welcome to phone on a daily basis if your child is absent for more than one day.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, then please speak to staff in school for advice and support.

Planned absence

Please let school know in advance if your child has a medical or dental appointment during school time.

It is important that parents and carers avoid taking their child out of school during term-time. There are 190 statutory school days in a year. This leaves 175 days (weekends and school holidays) available to use for holidays outside school time, which would not have a negative effect on a child’s education. Every day at school is important for all children.

A list of all term and holiday dates is shown below. Parents and carers need to ask for permission for planned absences, including holidays during term time, by completing an ‘absence request form’. This needs to be returned to school before any absence.

We encourage parents and carers to consider the negative message they give their children if they let them think it is acceptable to miss school.

The law advises that parents and carers do not have the right to take their child(ren) out of school for holidays during term-time. In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher may allow parents and carers to take their child(ren) out of class for up to ten days in a school year. If children are taken on holiday without the school’s permission, or if they do not return on the agreed date, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence (truancy). Parents and carers may also receive a Fixed

The Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013 introduced fixed notice penalties for regular non-attendance at school.

The Welsh Government has required all local authorities to draw up and implement their own Local Codes of Conduct to ensure consistency in the issuing of penalty notices.

The Welsh Government states that penalty notices are one option among a number of different interventions available to promote better school attendance. The introduction of these regulations is one part of the Welsh Government strategy to support improved school attendance across Wales.

The introduction of these regulations means that parents and carers may be fined for their child’s regular non-attendance at school. A guide to how penalty notices operate is available on the Denbighshire County Council website.
www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/resident/education/school-attendance-fixed-pen
alty-notices-frequently-asked-questions-en.pdf

2019 – 2020

TERM FIRST DAY OF TERM FOR LEARNERS HALF TERM LAST DAY OF TERM
First day Last day
Autumn Term 2019 Y4, Y6, Y7 & Y10 on Friday 6​th​ September Y2, Y3, Y9 & Y11 on Monday 9​th​ September Reception, Y1, Y5 & Y8 on Tuesday 10​th September Monday
28th October
2019
Friday
1st November
2019
Friday
20​th​ December
2019
Spring Term 2020 Tuesday
7​th​ January
2020
Monday
17​th​ February
2020
Friday
21​st​ February
2020
Friday
3rd​ April
2020
Summer Term 2020 Monday
20th April
2020
Monday
25​th​ May
2020
Friday
29​th​ May
2020
Thursday
16th​ July
2020
School is closed for the move to the new building on Monday 2​nd​ September 2019, Tuesday 3​rd​ September 2019
School is closed for Staff Training Days on Monday 6​th​ January 2020, Friday 17​th​ July 2020 and Monday 20​th​ July 2020
Please note that Christ the Word Catholic School is open as usual on Friday 13​th​ March 2020. This is not a training day for our school, unlike other schools in the area.