At Horringer Court Middle School we recognise that good attendance is central to raising standards and attainment and therefore seek to ensure that all of its students receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for learning to enable each student to realise their true potential.
Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
If your child is absent from school please let us know by telephone before 9.00am. There is an answer machine where you can leave us a message. Our Attendance Policy states that we will not authorise any holiday during term time.
Leave of Absence
In line with Government legislation, holidays taken during school time are considered an unauthorised absence unless there is proven extenuating circumstances. 8 unauthorised sessions in an academic year will be passed to the Education Welfare Officer and a Penalty fine will be issued.
Please read our Attendance Policy for more information (in the attachments section on this page).
Medical and Related Issues
Although the school provides first-aid facilities, there is no-one medically qualified on the staff. It is therefore essential that we have more than one emergency contact number. The school has a policy for supporting children with medical needs and a copy is available on request.
We ask that you advise the school of any medical condition which may affect your child during the school day when they first join us or if any condition arises after that time. The administration of medicines to students is the responsibility of the parents but, if this is not practical, then a request for our help and a disclaimer needs to be completed. With parental permission asthmatics are allowed to carry their own inhalers with them at all times. Please request a form. In order to avoid the risk of improper use, students are not allowed to bring their own supplies of pain killers into school. A permission form needs to be completed for these as for other medicines.
Accidents in school
In all cases of emergency the school will do their best to contact parents/carers. If this is not possible, we will act on the advice of the Medical Officer consulted. It is in your child’s interest that you keep the school informed of current contact numbers. Parents who reject any forms of medical treatment for their family should make their views known to the school in writing.