At The Pines School we place a strong emphasis on good attendance and timekeeping to enable pupils to achieve their full potential whilst at school.

School starts at 8:45 am and we encourage all pupils to be punctual. School transport is available to assist with getting children to school. 

By law, all children of compulsory school age (5-16 years old) must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.

School staff are available to support with individual issues that may be impacting upon attendance. Please speak to a member of the leadership team.

Holidays in Term Time 

Holiday request forms are available from the school office. This form must be filled in, otherwise, your child’s absence will be unauthorised. It is the Headteacher’s discretion to authorise holidays. If the holiday request is declined and you still take the holiday in term time, you may be subject to a penalty fine.

When your child may not attend school:

  • If your child is ill (including displaying any Covid symptoms) or has been ill within 48 hours (sickness and diarrhoea);
  • If your child has been prescribed antibiotics within 48 hours;
  • If your child has a medical appointment;
  • If the school is closed.

Good attendance means…being in school at least 95% of the time or 180 to 190 days.