Close

Our School App Stay connected on the go...

Open
Menu

Report Absence

Report an absence to attendance@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

It is understood that unavoidable illness can result in students needing to be away from school and families must inform school and provide medical evidence as appropriate.

Families of students who are absent in the days prior to or after any school holiday will be required to provide medical evidence to authorise their daughter’s absence (as proof they are not on holiday). If no sufficient evidence is provided, the absence will be marked as unauthorised holiday and a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued.  

Parents should refer to the school’s attendance policy which is available on the website before requesting leave of absence.  A leave of absence request form is available from Student Services . By requesting permission for your child to be excused from school, you are agreeing to abide by the decision of the Head Teacher.  You must provide relevant information and not make travel plans before receiving permission. If your request is not agreed, your child must attend school, or you may be liable to a fixed-penalty notice. In some circumstances, you may be jeopardising your child’s place at the school.

A fixed – penalty notice will be issued by the London Borough of Barnet to each parent for each child for the amount of £60 if paid within 21 days of issue, otherwise the penalty notice will be £120. If the notice remains unpaid after the 28th day, the Local Authority will prosecute the parent in the Magistrates Court for the original non - attendance offence under The Education Act 1996, section 444 and not for non - payment of the penalty notice.  If found guilty, parents will have a criminal record, possibly receive a fine of up to £1000, for a first offence, and be required to pay costs to the Local Authority

Absence from school is governed by the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, and as amended, 2010

What you will  need to provide:

  •     Medical evidence from a Dr explaining  how serious the condition is of the patient being visited.            
  •     A copy of a death certificate of the person who has recently died.
  •     A copy of any invitation of the requested celebration.
  •     A copy of the original flight ticket, ensuring that the booking date of the ticket is visible.
  •     If flights have been cancelled by the airline, the original flight ticket and the reissued one must be provided.

If you require any further information please contact Ms S Shine on 0208 959 1937 ext 222

Or email: shs@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

The request form once completed with  any evidence should be returned it to Ms Shine in Student Services.

 

Back to Top