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Hamstel Infant School and Nursery promotes and expects good attendance and punctuality in order to establish a good attitude towards school both now and in the future. We monitor our children's attendance closely. Our Wellbeing Manager will contact you if we feel there is a concern regarding your child’s attendance and will be able to offer support and guidance.’


Latest Government guidance regarding attendance in school, can be found here

Additional Information

Parents/Carers must complete a leave of absence form at least one month before any leave is required. Supporting evidence must be attached to this form, identifying the exceptional nature of the leave.

Schools are now required to inform the Early Help Family Support and Youth Offending Service about parents/carers taking unauthorised leave of absence, who may decide whether to issue a penalty notice.

Penalty notices can be issued if:

There have been 10 sessions (5 consecutive days) or more of unauthorised absence due to leave taken during the academic year.


Attendance is below 90% during the preceding 12 weeks before leave was taken.


The leave was taken during the month of September.


The leave was taken during a test week.


Holidays in term time


Any absence from school can be very disruptive to a child’s education, and they may miss out on work which they find impossible to catch up on.  

A two week holiday in term time every year your child is in school is equivalent to your child missing 8 weeks of schooling - an entire half term and more!

If you still wish to take your child out of school during term time please complete a 'leave of absence' form and return it to the school office at least one month before the dates requested. Only under exceptional circumstances will the leave be authorised by Mrs Clark and this is completely at her discretion.

You may be issued with a penalty notice if your child misses too much school. Please see the 'Penalty Notices to Address Poor Attendance at School - Advice to Parents and Carers' information leaflet for more details.

You can also refer to the FAQ concerning penalty notices from the Southend Borough Council Website

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