Parents do not have a legal right to take their child out of school. Your child should only miss school if they are ill or have authorisation from the Headteacher. At Carlton J & I we believe that children must be in school to learn. We tackle absences from school rigorously and work with the local authority to ensure children are always in school so that they can succeed.
Where possible, children should attend medical appointments outside of school time or in the school holidays. We understand that sometimes this is not always possible. On these occasions, parents should bring an appointment letter or card to the school office at least one day before your child will be absent from school.
If your child is so ill that they must be absent from school you are asked to telephone the school; 01924 325265 before 9.30am to explain the absence. If you are unable to contact us on the day of your child’s absence, a written note should be sent with your child on their return. We will contact you to find out why your child is not in school.
A request to take your child out of school for a holiday in term time should be made directly to the Headteacher. There is a simple form to complete which is available from the school office. You will receive a response to your request in writing. Please note since the 2006 amendments to DfE regulations Headteachers are no longer able to authorise absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Head Teacher should also determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Good attendance is rewarded and each week the best attending classes will win a Green, Gold or Blue trophy. Children will be rewarded with a Voucher termly to celebrate fantastic attendance and annually they will receive a certificate and a mystery prize if they have reached 100% attendance for the whole year.
Carlton Junior and Infant School
Upper Road, Dewsbury,
West Yorkshire, WF13 2DQ
Tel: 01924 325265
Fax: 01924 325266
If you would like any further information please contact school by email, telephone or letter and the office staff (Mrs O'Brien or Mrs Akhtar) will be more than happy to help in any way they can.
Headteacher: Ms Mahmood
Chair of Governors: Amir Afzal
SENCO: Miss Hewitt