Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Attendance Update

Changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

Term-time Holiday

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007

Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013. 

The 2007 regulations set out the procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of exclusion. Parents must pay £60 if they pay within 28 days; or £120 if they pay within 42 days.

Amendments to 2007 regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.

Please refer to the Bristol City Council leaflet Every Day Counts for current information.

Changes to Leave of Absence at Redland Green School

Research strongly indicates that absence from school has a detrimental effect on a student's attainment and therefore Redland Green School, in line with the new 2013 statutory guidance will not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time. Any other leave during term time may be authorised for certain ‘exceptional circumstances’ at the discretion of the Headteacher or Director of Post-16 (Post-16 students only).

This will take effect from the 1 September 2013 for all students (KS3, KS4 & KS5 Post 16).

If you have any concerns regarding this issue please do not hesitate to contact Ms L Blundell (Deputy Headteacher).