Unlocking Your Child's Potential
Attendance during Covid -19 restrictions

From the start of the autumn term 2020 student attendance will be mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply, including:
  • * parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • * schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • * the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
Students who have symptoms should self-isolate and get a test.

If your child tests negative and if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating and return to school.

If your child tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. They should only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (anosmia). This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

We expect all students to have 100% attendance.

All parents/carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly. This is our minimum expectation as missing school damages children’s attainment levels, disrupts school routines and the learning of others.

As stipulated by the Local Authority, “If your child fails to attend school regularly and punctually and the absence is recorded by the school as un-authorised, you are guilty of a criminal offence under Section 444 of the Education Act.” As a result, a Penalty Notice may be issued.

TDMS is committed to improving the overall attendance and reducing Persistent Absence (attendance of less than 90%) and we use a graduated set of attendance procedures (see link below)

As a parent/carer we request your support with the following:

  • * Ensure your child attends school every day punctually, unless there are genuine reasons
  • * Minor ailments are NOT acceptable reasons for your child not to attend school
  • * Registration begins at 9am. Students should be in the building by 8.40am. Students arriving after 9am will be marked late and will receive an after school detention. Students arriving after 9.20am means the student will be marked absent
  • * If your child is late they must sign in with the Attendance Officer at the main reception
  • * All appointments are to be taken outside of school hours
  • * If this is unavoidable, please ensure your child attends school either side of the appointment. Our school day is divided up into a morning and afternoon session, for example - 2 days of absence equals 4 sessions of absence.
  • * If your child needs to leave the site, they must sign out at the main reception
  • * Requests for Leave of Absence in term time will not be authorised by the Headteacher unless there are exceptional circumstances, which are largely decided by the Local Authority. Each case will be considered on its own merit. For all requests for absence please complete the ‘request for leave during term time form’ and return it to
  • * Where it is not possible or practicable for a student to attend school his/her parent/carer should notify the school before 9am on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day, preferably by:
    • * telephoning the absence line 01386 442026 or,
    • * contact the school by letter or email: on the first day of any absence
    • * and give details of the reason for the absence and stating an estimated return time.
We will contact you by text through the automated system if your child is absent and you have not contacted us. It is essential that you respond to this message if you have not already informed us of absence.

If no contact is received regarding the absence, the absence is recorded as unauthorised. Ultimately, the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. Only genuine absence will be authorised. You may be asked to provide medical evidence if your child has a poor attendance record.

If you are experiencing difficulties in getting your child into school or there are any issues which may impact on their attendance, please contact your child's Head of Learning.

Please note that there are approximately 175 non-school days in a year, thus leaving plenty of time for holidays, appointments and duvet days.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at school.

Please read the documents below for further information.