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Attendance

It is essential that children come to school every day and on time, as we know that good attendance leads to good progress.

Please read the following carefully so that you are clear about the school’s procedures and expectations.   Parents should be aware that the school works closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Early Help Team, to ensure that it has robust procedures to encourage good attendance and punctuality.

Punctuality / Lateness

The classrooms are open at 8.55 a.m. but school officially starts at 9 a.m. and registration is completed by 9.05 a.m.   Children arriving after this time will be recorded as late.  Children arriving after 9.30 a.m. and without prior warning will be marked as absent for the morning session and this will be recorded as unauthorized.

We will conduct ‘lateness checks’ every three weeks and any child who has been late more than 6 times during this period will take a ‘late letter’ home to his/her parents.    If the lateness persists, further letters will be sent home to remind parents of the importance of being on time for school, and failing that, a referral will be made to the Early Help Team.

Absence due to Illness

If a child is ill and cannot attend school, parents must telephone the school before 10.00 a.m., and give the precise reason for the absence.   Failure to inform the school about a child’s absence will result in this being recorded as an unauthorized absence and, in frequent cases, a referral will be made to the Early Help Team.

Please note that children who have frequent occasional days off due to illness (leading to less than 90% attendance) may be referred to the School Nurse.   If your child is absent for 5 consecutive days, we will require a doctor’s certificate.   If parents are unable to justify regular absences with medical evidence, further absences will also be recorded as unauthorized and may result in a referral to the Early Help Team.

Medical Appointments

Wherever possible, we ask parents to try to make appointments for doctors and dentists before or after school.   Where this is impossible, they should inform their child's Classteacher, or the School Office, of such an appointment and it will be noted in the register.    We will need to see proof of dental or hospital appointments.

Children cannot be allowed to leave school during the school day unless there is an emergency, in which case the child should be collected personally by the parent or named carer, and the Classteacher and School Office informed.

Exceptional Leave

If a child needs to be absent for any reason other than illness, such as an interview or examination, bereavement, family illness or crisis, parents must first seek permission from the Headteacher.

Parents do not have the legal right to take children out of school for holidays. If exceptional circumstances arise where parents decide that time away from school cannot be avoided, then permission must be sought in writing and before booking tickets.

Forms requesting Exceptional Leave are available from the School Office or can be downloaded from the school website.  See below

Exceptional circumstances include family weddings or special religious holidays, not spending time with family members who live abroad or taking advantage of cheap flights.

If exceptional leave has been granted once before, it is unlikely to be granted again.

If parents take children on a holiday during term time without the school’s permission or, if a child fails to return on the agreed date, the penalties are high:

  • The school can decide to take that child off roll, which means that parents will have to re-apply for a place at Bousfield.  If the school is full, then parents will have to apply to a different school.
  • The ACE Team can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Request Form for Exceptional Leave

Attendance and Punctuality

Penalty Notices