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Penalty notice fines for missing school
Every lesson in school matters and frequent absence from school results in gaps in children’s learning.
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Head Teachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Head Teacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
A reminder that from the 4th September 2019, if a holiday is not authorised, and is taken without permission, the case will be referred to the Local Authority who may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty will increase to £120. If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, the Local Authority will then institute legal proceedings against you in the magistrate’s court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly.
A penalty notice may also be issued if your child has 10 unauthorised absence sessions which have occurred during a 10 week period (each school day is made up of 2 sessions) or 6 or more unauthorised sessions due to a holiday taken during the first two weeks of September.
For the vast majority of parents the information given will have little relevance but where parents insist on taking term time holiday which cannot be authorised they will need to be aware that from September the Local Authority will issue the set penalty notice.
Thank you in anticipation of your full support and co-operation.
Online Safety According to research by the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) more than half of parents are unaware of the age limit on social media. As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. Internetmatters.org have produced a variety of checklists to assist parents to understand how children access the internet at different age groups. The information booklets can be downloaded from the School E-Safety information page: e-safety or directly from www.internetmatters.org
Use the following website to check out the social media apps your children are using. This will enable you to make Informed decisions about the age appropriateness: https://www.netaware.org.uk/# Get expert advice Parents seeking face-to-face advice about how to best protect their children online can make an appointment with the NSPCC’s O2 gurus in their nearest store or can call the O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline: 0808 800 5002
St Joseph's is committed to educating children about how to using Digital Technology safely. E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
E-Safety Subject Leader
Children make better academic progress if they are supported at home with their reading, spelling and other types of homework. There is an increasing number of children who are frequently handing in homework late or not at all. Homework is designed by the class teacher to consolidate or support the learning in the classroom. Please make every effort to listen to your child read, recite their multiplication tables, practise their key words and comment in the home/school book. In exceptional circumstances support with homework can be obtained from the school. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if this is something you require.
Important Reminder - Please remember that hair must not be shorter than a No. 4. Hair gel is not permitted. Pupils cannot have shaved hair patterns in their hair or hair colours as has been set out in the Home School Book for many years.
Attendance and Punctuality
School commences at 08:55 each morning and the children should arrive in school between 08:45 and 08:55. The school playground and gate is supervised from 08:45. The general expectation, allowing for the occasional morning emergency, remains that children will arrive on time for school and not be regularly arriving after 08:55 Punctuality is a good lesson in life for the children to learn as well as being a mark of respect for the endeavours of the teachers and school on behalf of the pupils. Progress in learning and pupils maximising their potential are dependent on good school attendance. Parents are responsible for their child’s attendance record and for their punctuality. I ask the parents to actively support the school in maintaining high levels of attendance and improving pupil punctuality. I would also like to remind parents that as statutory changes in the Education Regulations 2006 Section 7, Headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time. This instruction replaces the prior arrangement where an allowance of 10 days holiday per academic year could be applied for in advance. 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. Failure to pay this fine could result in the Local Authority arranging a court hearing.
Winter uniform to be worn from Monday 4th November 2019 until Friday 3rd April 2020.
Girls - Winter
Grey cardigan, white shirt, grey skirt (‘A’ line or pleated)/pinafore dress (on or below the knee), school tie, black regulation shoes, grey blazer & badge, grey/black tights, plain navy/black coat, any gloves, scarves or winter hats must be plain navy/black, hair accessories must be plain and in school colours i.e. burgundy/grey/black.
Boys - Winter
Grey ‘V’ necked jumper, white shirt, grey trousers (these must be plain with no side pockets), school tie, black regulation shoes, grey blazer & badge, grey/black socks, plain navy/black coat (no labels or motifs).
It is very important that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, including PE Kit and Bag, outdoor clothing (coats/hat/gloves) and shoes.
If boots are worn to school during bad weather, pupils must have shoes with them to wear in school.
Plain black or navy scarves and gloves may be worn in winter.
Earrings and other jewellery are not to be worn under any circumstances, a simple plain watch is permitted.
Ribbons and headbands must be burgundy/grey/black and long hair must be tied back (hair that hangs below shirt collar) – due to Health & Safety.
Hair must not be shorter than a No. 4 and without shaved patterns or styles. Hair gel is not permitted.
Pupils are expected to be smart and well presented at all times.