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.

Fixed Penalty Notice Information (PDF).

2020 – 2021

TERM FIRST DAY OF TERM FOR LEARNERS HALF TERM LAST DAY OF TERM
First day Last day
Autumn Term 2020 On Thursday 3rd September,
Yr1 Miss Green,
Yr1/2 Mrs Kemp,
Yr6 Mr McLean,
Yr6 Miss Thomas,
Year 7.On Friday 4th September
Year 11.On Tuesday 8th September,
Reception Mrs Davies,
Reception/Yr1 Mrs Culverhouse,
Yr4 Miss Whiteway,
Yr4 Mrs Norbury,
Year 10.On Wednesday 9th September,
Yr3 Mrs Hunt,
Yr3 Mrs Roberts,
Year 9.On Thursday 10th September,
Yr2 Mrs Flackett,
Year 8On Friday 11th September
Yr5 Miss Noakes
Yr5 Miss Marshall

From Monday 14th September
Nursery will start to have visits with parents.

Monday
26th October
2020
Friday
30th November
2020
Friday
18​th​ December
2020
Spring Term 2021 Wednesday
6​th​ January
2021
Monday
15​th​ February
2021
Friday
19​th​ February
2021
Friday
26th​ March
2021
Summer Term 2021 Monday
12th April
2021
Monday
31​st​ May
2021
Friday
4​th​ June
2021
Friday
16th​ July
2021
School is closed for Staff Planning days on Tuesday 1st September 2020, Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and for staff training days on Monday 2nd November 2020, Monday 4th January 2021, Tuesday 5th January 2021, Monday 19th July 2021 and Tuesday 20th July 2021

School is closed on Bank holiday – Monday 3rd May 2021