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Term Time Leave
Following changes made by the Department for Education from September 2013 Headteachers are no longer able to authorise any leave of absence in term time apart from a small number of ‘exceptional circumstances’. They are as follows:
Critical family illness (of a parent or child)
Family wedding in which the child has a role (eg bridesmaid/page boy)
Factors which will not be considered are:
Overlapping days at the beginning or end of holidays
Birthdays or special treats/rewards
Parents who believe that their request meets the criteria for authorised leave of absence outlined above should make their request in writing to the Headteacher and the Governing Body will consider the request made and make their reply. Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Penalty Notice.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Unauthorised leave of absence during term time
On 6th April 2017 the Supreme Court appeal, in relation to the Platt v Isle of Wight case, determined that under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 attending school 'regularly' means:
"in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school"
Therefore, from 1st September 2017, if requested, Derbyshire County Council will consider the issue of a penalty notice for any period of holiday absence which has not been authorised by the Headteacher regardless of a child's wider school attendance.
As a school we are strongly committed to safeguarding. All staff and volunteers have a responsibility to keep pupils safe and protect them from abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns. Our staff and volunteers undergo regular safeguarding training to ensure that they can identify safeguarding issues and report them immediately. All our pupils have a right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity and when necessary, we work effectively with outside agencies to ensure that this is the case.
We work hard as a team to ensure our pupils are not subject to radicalisation and the ideals of extremist groups. We have a culture of vigilance around issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation and FGM. Information around these key safeguarding issues, as well as related safeguarding policies can be found within our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.
The safeguarding culture of a school is, in part, exercised through the development of respectful, caring and professional relationships between adults and pupils and behaviour by the adult that demonstrates integrity, maturity and good judgement. The Lead Safeguarding Officer for the school will deal with any safeguarding concerns you have as a matter of urgency.
The Lead Safeguarding Manager and Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Ridgeway Primary School is: Iain Wilson (Head Teacher)
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is: Cathy Naylor (Assistant Head Teacher)
The Nominated Link Safeguarding Governor is: Jim Brimble
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For our full privacy statement please go to the Policies page under the #Key Information' tab.
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My name is Kerrie Rodgers and I am mum of two and an Ofsted approved child minder. I provide term time wrap around care (ad-hoc care can be available subject to availability). My sessions are Monday to Thursday 7-9 and then 3:30-5:30. Fridays I open 7-9 then 3:30 - 4:30 (although a later finish can be arranged). My prices include breakfast and a afternoon snack drop off/pick up from school. I live on Lowfield Avenue so I’m really close to the school. You can contact me on 07725115859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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