Attendance & Holidays
School Attendance Figure for the year 2015/2016 was 92.58%. Every student is encouraged to monitor their attendance in their planners and each have been set an individual attendance target.
We very much appreciate the Parental Support which has been helpful in improving this figure steadily over the last few years.
To gain the maximum benefit from school it is important that students attend regularly and punctually. All absences must be explained either by letter or a telephone call from the parent/carer. School will contact the parent/carer by telephone on the first day of any unexplained absence. Unexplained absences may also be followed up by a letter from school or a visit from our Parental Support Advisers. Schools are required to keep exact records of all absences and your co-operation will be needed in this matter.
Holiday during term time
The government has stated that parents should avoid taking their children out of school for family holidays during term times, in order to maximise their attendance and progress. Whilst we support this position, at Highfield School, Governors and the Head Teacher recognize that their can be exceptional circumstances for the families of students with special educational needs where taking a holiday during term time cannot be avoided. In these circumstances parents are asked to write directly to the Head Teacher requesting the time away from school, and such requests will be considered on an individual basis.