Verbal Messages (only when written message is impractical or too slow)
Cancellation Slips (where possible these will be issued in advance if clubs are cancelled)
PTA Notice Board
Parents will please communicate with the School to explain:
Absences: Due to illness, etc.
Please telephone the School first by 09:00, stating why your child will not be in school that day and confirm the reason in writing upon your child’s return to school. If we do not receive a phone call by 09.30 we will phone to find out why your child is absent from school. Persistent lateness or unauthorised absences will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer. Children arriving in school after 08.55 will be marked as late and children arriving after 09.25 will be marked with an unauthorised absence.
Request for Extra Holidays in Term Time
As from September 1st, 2013, due to statutory changes in the Education Regulations 2006 Section 7, Headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time. Leave of absence will only be considered under ‘very exceptional circumstances’ and family holidays do not come under this criterion. Any holidays taken will be classed as unauthorised absence. The Local Authority may then issue a penalty notice with a fine of £60 per child, per parent/person with parental responsibility, being levied.
St. Joseph’s School emphasises the partnership between parents, church and School and the majority of concerns are to be dealt with through informal contacts, usually with the class teacher and, sometimes, the Headteacher. However should the problems not be resolved in this way a formal complaint may be made in writing to the Chair of Governors via the School address.