Attendance at school is a statutory requirement and students are expected to have a 'good' standard of attendance. Parents / carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school and we would like to support you in doing this. Any absence from school is detrimental to a child's education and progress.
At Castleford Park Junior Academy, we aim to work hard with parents to ensure children can attend school as often as possible as, where there is persistent absence, they are missing vital parts of their learning. Every lost day is a day where they could have spent time being read with, working on their mental maths, mastering a new skill that could become a future passion and enjoying time with their friends.
Even missing one week is 20 hours of lost learning that has to be caught up in order for your child to reach their potential.
Whole Days Absent
Learning Hours Lost
Cause for Concern
Critical cause for concern that could lead to further serious investigation
School doors open at 8:50am and we expect children to be on time. Children arriving after 9:10am are considered absent for that period – which will mean an unauthorised late mark is recorded if the absence is unexplained.
Some absences are unavoidable – usually due to illness, bereavement or difficult family circumstances. School are committed to supporting parents as well as they can in these situations and would encourage parents to discuss this with us. Decisions to authorise absence lie with the Headteacher and requests for authorised absence should be made by completing an exceptional circumstances request form.
Medical and dental appointments should be made for after school, or during school holidays wherever possible but we do understand this isn't always achievable. A medical card/letter should be brought into school to verify the appointment if it is within school time.
There are times when children are absent for reasons which are not permitted by law. They are unauthorised absences. Examples such as: waiting in for a delivery, going on a family day out, sleeping in after a late night, going for a shopping/haircut, birthdays/holidays in term are not permitted and are classed as unauthorised absence.
School have a statutory duty to follow up any absence that is unexplained. If you fail to contact school to let us know where your child is, school may be required to do a home visit, or contact other members of your family to verify that you and your family are safe. If we feel your child, or your family is vulnerable and we cannot establish contact, we may have to contact the Police or Social Services. School has a duty to ensure that pupils are appropriately safeguarded whilst in their care and are given their entitlement of a full time education. This includes working with the Local Authority to ensure that no pupil remains 'missing in education' for a period of time.
There have been several high profile cases where families –and children- have been in danger at home and unable to get help. We would not want to leave a member of our school community in such dangerous circumstances when we could have helped.
New form to request authorised absence
As you know, school's procedure at present is to ask parents to write a letter to ask for authorised leave from the Headteacher if it is needed in extreme circumstances. After Easter, this will change to asking you to complete an exceptional circumstances request form. A blank copy can be downloaded below, or can be taken from the letter rack in reception.
Thank you as always for your cooperation and support.
Please contact the school office if you have any questions, or require further clarification.
CPJA Exceptional Circumstances Request Form.pdf