We are committed to providing all Ifield Community College students with the best start in life, and we work hard to ensure that all ICC students attend school regularly. Reducing absence from school is a key priority both for ICC and the Government. The majority of students’ parents at ICC ensure that their children attend school regularly.

Reporting an absence

Parents/carers must report a child’s absence every day.  This can be done by leaving a message on our 24hr absence line:-

When your child is absent

By law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.

Parents/carers should provide reasons for absences and the school  must decide whether or not they justify authorisation according to Government Guidelines. Medical evidence may be required.

Whenever a child is absent from school the parent/carer should:

  • Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. If no notification of absence is received, the school office will contact the parents/carers to ascertain the reason.
  • Where possible let the school know in advance of any planned absences e.g. hospital appointments.
  • Where possible make medical/dental appointments out of school hours.

Arriving late to school

When a child arrives late to school it can be very disruptive to your child, the teacher and other children in the class.  If your child arrives late to school they will be marked as late on the register and given a detention.

Absence and the Law

As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends regularly, even if they are missing school  without your knowledge. The details of parents/carers with children who have unauthorised absence (including those who have taken an authorised holiday) will be passed to the school’s Education Welfare Service, who could consider issuing a Penalty Notice or starting legal action.

How ICC Encourages Good Attendance

Good attendance is of such importance that we place a great deal of emphasis on it and have placed considerable resources into promoting it. Listed below are some of the strategies we have in place:

  • Attendance targets for individual students, mentor groups and the school
  • We use Bromcom to record regular attendance to help parents/carers monitor their child’s absence
  • We promote good attendance through Parents’ Consultation Evening, Progress Review Days, assemblies and during Mentor time
  • Students are rewarded for good and improved attendance throughout the year
  • The Headteacher reports on attendance to the Governors each month
  • Computerised registration system that allows each lesson to be monitored
  • Contact is made with parents/carers on the first day of absence
  • We work closely with external agencies
  • Our Attendance Officer supports students and parents when attendance issues arise

Attendance FAQs

DfE guidelines state that the register must be closed after a reasonable time in the morning. If arriving after 9.00am, a child will be marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.

Could I receive a fine if my child is persistently late?2023-07-09T13:22:17+01:00

If your child receives 10 or more unauthorised absence sessions, you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. This is £60 per parent if paid within 28 days, rising to £120 thereafter.

My child was only a couple of minutes late. It seems harsh that he/she should get a late mark.2023-07-09T13:22:34+01:00

The school has to abide by the rules and expectations laid down for all schools. Lateness for school is a failure to arrive on time and will be marked as such. We would encourage students to set off in good time so that any small delay does not cause them to be late.

Our whole family overslept and it is not my child’s fault that he/she is late. Will they receive a late mark?2023-07-09T13:24:29+01:00

This cannot be taken as an acceptable reason for lateness so a late mark or unauthorised absence would be recorded, depending on the time of arrival.

My child has to catch the bus to school which is sometimes late. Will they receive a late mark?2023-07-09T13:24:56+01:00

Any lateness is recorded as thus on the register. We would advise that the child leaves earlier so that even if the bus is late, they will still arrive on time. If the bus is sometimes late, then it is not a reliable way to ensure arrival in good time.

Would you make any allowances for lateness if, for example, there were major traffic problems in the area perhaps because of an accident, so my car/the bus was unavoidably stuck in traffic?2023-07-09T13:26:32+01:00

The school cannot make allowances for the individual problem (however genuine it may be). However, it does make allowances when there are known reported major problems that effect a large number of people; very heavy snowfall would be one such example.

What if I phone up/email to say my child is going to be late? Would he/she still get a late mark?2023-07-09T13:26:49+01:00

Yes, they would still be marked late, but it is very helpful to know that you are aware and for us to know the expected time of arrival and reason for lateness.

If I know my child is going to be late, do I need to ring/send in a note?2023-07-09T13:27:05+01:00

It is very helpful if you do this. If your child is very late, they will be marked as unauthorised absence and your note may give an alternative acceptable reason to allow us to authorise the absence.

What do I do if I don’t agree with your policy on punctuality?2023-07-09T13:27:28+01:00

Much of our attendance policy is designed to satisfy DfE regulation but as always, if you feel an approach is unfair or unreasonable, then you can write to the Principal and/or Governing Body. However, whilst any such policy is in place, the school will operate as stated.

Adverse Weather Conditions

Procedure for Closure Due to Adverse Weather

On occasions the school may need to close, sometimes at short notice, due to adverse weather conditions. The safety of students and staff are a priority when decision to close the school is made.  We know that it is difficult for some parents/carers when we have to make a decision to close, and we are conscious of the problems it may cause.

If it is unlikely that sufficient staff will be able to travel safely or the site is unsafe then a decision to close or partially close the school we will communicate to parents/carers via email, Facebook and the school website.

If there is no message on our website, social media pages, the school is open.

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