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Attendance - New Code of Conduct

We would like to make you aware that as from September 2015 a new Code of Conduct from Hampshire County Council with regards to attendance will be enforced in all schools


What does this mean?


Regular and punctual attendance at school is a legal requirement. In law, parents/carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of their child, unless absence has been authorised by the school.  It is therefore important that you communicate with the school if there is a need to take your child out of school during term time, or if you are experiencing difficulties getting your child to school on time.


Unauthorised absence will result in 'Hampshire County Council' issuing Penalty Notices where a pupil of compulsory school age has been absent or late and the absence or lateness has not been authorised by school. 


At Harrison the expectation is that all children are in class ready to learn by 8.55am.  Our doors open at 8.45am to allow children time to settle themselves for the school day.


Our expectations from September are:


  • Any child that arrives in school after 9.00am will be marked as 'late' in the register.
  • Any child that arrives after 9.30am will be marked as 'late after close of registration' (this is classed as unauthorised absence).


For further details please see the attached leaflet 'Information on Penalty Notices for non-attendance at school'.  These penalty notices are £60 and will apply to each individual child and parent. If not paid within 21 days, this increases to £120.


We are really pleased to be able to inform you that at this moment in time the vast majority of children attend school regularly and are rarely late.

Should you wish to discuss this further with us, or have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact school.