All parents (or persons with responsibility for a child) have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives an appropriate education for their age, ability and Special Educational Need. Children must be in education from the term after their 5th birthday (unless you are choosing to also include a Nursery education in their development) but in reality most children start school in the September of Year R (Reception Class) while they are still 4 years of age.
OLOL has a statutory duty to keep your child safe which includes knowing where they are if they are not in school. We have a detailed policy document (available below) that explains our Attendance philosophy and procedures. Miss Popsys is our Attendance Monitoring Lead and she may be the first person you hear from if there is an issue with your child's attendance or punctuality. We want to work closely with all families to ensure that you are fulfilling the legal obligation to educate your child.
The Head Teacher will not authorise any holiday in term time, for any reason. It is for the Head Teacher to determine if any circumstances presented by the parent/s are exceptional enough to warrant authorisation of teh absence requested. Parents must understand that their wishes to go on holiday during term time are in contradiction of their legal responsibilities to ensure their child is in school for 175 days annually, and the schools legal responsibility to ensure this happens.
Please note that we do not allow children to be collected by anyone under the age of 16 in order to help keep pupils safe. Please keep the contact list at school up to date with those adults you allow to collect your child. We will not send your child with anyone not on your approved list so we will hold your child and telephone you if someone new comes to collect. It would help us if you can let the school office know in advance if someone new is collecting (and avoid delaying the person you have asked to collect your child).