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St John Fisher Primary a Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sheffield
Non-Uniform Day: The last official day of the school year (17-07-20) will be a non-uniform day. Thank you.  | Returning School Resources: Please return all reading books and laptops before the end of the school year. Reading books can be left in the box in the foyer and laptops can be left with School Office staff. Thank you. | Y6 Leavers' Liturgy | Thursday 16th July 2020 | 10.00am | ‘Zoom’ joining details will be shared in due course | Our 'Statement to Live By' is: 'I notice that we are the same and we are different' | SJF Virtual Sports Day 2020 - please click the link: https://www.st-johnfisher.org/news/virtual-sport-day/?cms4563-widget-delete=2897&cmspagetype=news  | Our 'Statement to Live By' is: 'We are all special'! | Welcome Videos for the families of children joining FS2 in September 2020: https://www.st-johnfisher.org/fs2-2020-2021/ | OUR NEW NORMAL: https://www.st-johnfisher.org/welcome-videos/ | If you are experiencing difficulties logging on to school applications (e.g. 'Bug Club' and 'My Maths') please email via year6@st-johnfisher.org. Thank you. | HOME LEARNING RELEASE DATES & INFORMATION: https://www.st-johnfisher.org/news/update-02-04-20-home-learning/ | REAL PE @ HOME: A fun and exciting programme for you all to do at home: https://www.st-johnfisher.org/news/real-pe-and-keeping-active-and-happy-at-home-/ | BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS AND SCAMS: Please ignore and delete emails asking you to share bank details in order to access free school meals. It is a scam! Thank you. | FREE SCHOOL MEALS: Weekly lunch hampers available for all pupils entitled to income-based free school meals. Please note this does not cover the universal free school meals scheme that covers all children get in FS2 and Years 1 and 2. Please call (0114 2485009) or email (enquiries@st-johnfisher.org) for further information, especially if your circumstances have changed so you now qualify for income-based benefits. Thank you. | ADVICE & SUPPORT: School nurses are available to offer advice and support during the current emergency around: sleep, fussy eating, bed wetting/continence issues and children's emotional wellbeing. Please call Beth on 0114 3053285 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm). Thank you. | Government Response to COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response | Coronavirus Helpline 0800 046 8687 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 6.00pm) - #StayAtHome  | General Coronavirus Update: http://www.st-johnfisher.org/news/general-coronavirus-update/ | NSPCC Update: http://www.st-johnfisher.org/news/nspcc-safeguarding-update/ | Its' Gold! School Games GOLD Award winners - #StayAtHome | Latest Newsletters: Click here: http://www.st-johnfisher.org/newsletters/
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Absence & Holidays in Term Time

Absences

If a child is absent through illness or any other reason, the school MUST be informed on the first day of absence by telephone.

If possible all medical and dental appointments should be made outside of the school day, however if this is not possible and your child has a medical or dental appointment during the school day, please inform the school office in writing beforehand.

Holidays

Regular school attendance is essential if pupils are to maximise their educational opportunities in order to achieve their full potential. The Governors have a responsibility to ensure that our academy provides all pupils with the best possible education, but we can only do this if pupils attend school regularly and on time. Taking any time out of school for holidays is disruptive to a child’s learning and well-being – and it can be difficult for them to catch up.

The Department for Education (DfE) issued guidance that states:

“The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.

Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.”

Therefore the Headteacher may only consider giving permission for a pupil to be absent from school during term time in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and proof will be requested by the Headteacher.

If you choose to disregard this guidance the Local Authority may take legal action under section 444 of the Education Act 1996, which states that you have a legal obligation to ensure that your child attends school regularly.

“Taking unauthorised term time holidays and or persistent absence (below 85%)  may make you liable for a Penalty Notice (fine). The penalty is £60 fine if paid within 21 days of receipt of the Penalty Notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the penalty Notice is not paid in full within the 28 day period Sheffield City Council may prosecute. This could result in a fine of up to £1000 plus costs.

St John Fisher Primary – a Catholic Voluntary Academy is committed to raising the profile of attendance and its link to pupil achievement and well-being. It is important therefore that you support us by ensuring that your child attends school on time, every day and by not taking your son/daughter out of school for holidays during term time.

If you feel that there are exceptional circumstances that justify a request please either download  and complete a ‘Request for Exceptional Term Time Leave’ form (below) or speak to the school administration staff who will be pleased to advise you.

If you would like more information on Fixed Penalty Notices you can contact Sheffield City Council on:

  • Telephone: 0114 273 5609
  • Fax: 0114 205 3524
  • Email: CYPDCentralLegalTeam@Sheffield.gov.uk
  • Website: www.sheffield.gov.uk

Please click here for more detailed information about holidays during term time.

Please click here to download and print the ‘Request for Exceptional Term Time Leave’ form.