By Law all children, at Stretford High School, of compulsory school age (11-16) must be a full-time education. As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge.
If your child fails to attend school regularly you run the risk of being issued with a penalty fine and/or being prosecuted.
What to do:
For any of the above circumstances you must contact school prior to 8.30am on the day of absence. This should be done EVERY DAY your child is absent.
To report your child’s absence, telephone school on 0161 876 1850, option 2.
If you have not contacted school a representative from school may call at your home. This will be a member of the staff from school and/or the Education Welfare Officer. If school is still unable to contact you after a home visit the Police maybe contacted to complete a welfare check.
Attendance for all students will be monitored by the Attendance Officer and Head of Year. If there are any concerns about your child’s attendance you will be invited to attend a family support meeting.
School registration is at 8.30 a.m. and lessons start at 8.45 a.m.
Any Student that arrives after 8.30 a.m. must sign the late register, giving reason for the lateness. Students who are late will receive a detention that day after school. Parents will be notified by text message. Persistent lateness will be followed up by the Attendance Office and parents may be invited into school for a meeting. Arrival after 9.00am is recorded as an unauthorised absence.
All medical appointments are to be taken after the school day. School finishes at 2.10pm on Mondays and 2.55pm on Tuesdays to Fridays, allowing for any medical appointments.
If your child has an urgent medical appointment or a hospital appointment:
Parents are to notify school giving as much notice as possible of the appointment. Evidence must be provided for the appointment otherwise the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
On the day of the appointment:
Emergency Appointments on the day:
Leave Requests for Religious Observance
As a multicultural school we aim to support all our students who wish to take leave from school for religious observance, with a maximum of 2 days per academic year. All requests must be put in writing giving advanced notice. If a student is absent and leave has not been requested, the absence will be marked as unauthorised in the register.
Student Request for Leave of Absence During Term Time
From the 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday in term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Any leave that is taken, which has not been granted, will be followed up by the Educational Welfare Officer and may result in a fine.
Parents are therefore asked to note the following:
The Headteacher has the authority to decide whether or not to authorise the absence. In making a decision the Headteacher will take the following into account: