Our School Office Staff are here to help you, however here are a few items that may be useful to parents and carers which you can view or download from our website.
Our School Day
Here is a breakdown of our school day:
- St. Chad’s runs a Breakfast Club each day from 8:00 onwards costing £1.50 or free if your child is entitled to free school meals.
- School starts at 8.55 a.m. (pupils should not be in the yard before 8.40 a.m.)
- Morning break for all pupils is 10.30 a.m. until 10.45 a.m.
- Lunch break starts at 12.00 noon. The lunch break and afternoon break vary for older pupils in order that KS2 pupils receive 30 minutes extra teaching time per day.
- All pupils finish at 3.10 p.m. and leave together.
School Holidays During Term Time
There was a change in the law concerning term time leave of absence from 1st September 2013. Head Teachers are not able to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Where leave is granted, Head Teachers must decide the number of school days a child can be away from school.
If you wish to make an application for your child’s term time leave of absence, you must fill out an application form, which can be downloaded via the link below or requested from school reception. The application form asks you to outline the reasons why you feel your application for leave of absence during term time should be regarded as ‘exceptional.’ Following the submission of your application, you will be notified as soon as possible of the School’s decision.
Parents / carers should be aware that if you take leave of absence during term time without making a prior application to the school, or if you make an application but your requested leave of absence is not authorised and still take the child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Similarly, if you keep your child away from school for longer than agreed / authorised, the excess absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
Unauthorised absences on your child’s attendance record may mean that you are liable to incur a Fixed Penalty Notice or could face prosecution. A fixed penalty notice will be issued to each person with parental responsibility for the child / children who is deemed liable for the offence / offences. ‘The Frequently Asked Questions’ page that can be downloaded via the link below explains the circumstances where enforcement action may be taken more fully. This page is also included with the application form.
Leave of absence application form
Frequently Asked Questions
Paper copies of our documents are available to parents on request.
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