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 on 01745 352999 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.

No Child will be able to leave school during the school day. Any child with a medical appointment will need to be collected by their parent/guardian.

211217 Term and Holiday Dates 2021-2022 – Staff planning and staff training days

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fixed Penalty Notice Information (PDF).

2021 – 2022

TERM FIRST DAY OF TERM FOR LEARNERS HALF TERM LAST DAY OF TERM
First day Last day
Autumn Term 2021   Thursday 2nd September 2021 Monday
25th October
2021
Friday
29th October
2021
Friday
21​st December
2021
Spring Term 2022 Friday
10th  January
2022
Monday
21st​ February
2022
Friday
25​th​ February
2022
 Friday

8th
April

2022

Summer Term 2022 Monday
25h April
2022
Monday
30th May
2022
Friday
3th​ June
2022
Friday
18th​ July
2022
School is closed for Staff training days on  1st September 2021,  24 September 2020 ,  28th February 2022, 17th June 2022, 19th July 2022,  20th July 2022

Staff Planning Days  Thursday 6th January 2022 and Friday 7th January 2022

School is closed on Bank holiday – 2nd  May 2022 Early May Bank Holiday

Wednesday 22nd December 2021 Queens Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday