At South Lake we follow Wokingham Borough's guidance on school attendance:
The better your child’s attendance the better they should do educationally. Research shows that children who attend school regularly are likely to be more successful.
Unacceptable reasons for absence from school-:
- Shopping trips
- Non urgent medical and dental appointments
Term-time Absence for holidays:
Holidays during term time will not be authorised. An absence will only be authorised if there is an exceptional reason, and absence taken without authorisation can incur a fine. For your information, the fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are: rare, significant, unavoidable and short; and by 'unavoidable' we mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.
The school Headteacher will determine whether the circumstances are exceptional or not.
Should you feel that you have “exceptional” reasons for applying, please contact your child’s school at the earliest opportunity and use the appropriate school form. The cost of a holiday is not considered to be an exceptional reason.
Please be aware that unauthorised holiday absence of 5 days or more can now result in the issuing of a Penalty Notice which carries a fine of £60 or if not paid after 21 days the fine is doubled to £120 and court prosecution if unpaid after 28 days. Penalty Notices are served per parent per child.