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Absence

Melbourn Village College is committed to full attendance by all pupils. There is clear evidence of the link between attendance and achievement. For example, in 2013, 91% of MVC students whose attendance was 98% or above achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. For those between 90% and 95% it went down to 71% and for those whose attendance was under 90% the figure was only 39%.

To report a child's absence please contact the College on 01763 223400 or absence@melbournvc.org. Please contact us on each day of absence. If your child is absent for 4 or more days at a time due to illness we will ask for evidence of a doctor’s appointment in order to authorise the absence.

Department for Education guidance is clear that schools are only allowed to authorise any planned term-time absence in extremely exceptional circumstances, for example a single day for a funeral of a close relative or a medical appointment. Term-time holidays do not qualify.

If you do plan to take your child out of school for a pre-organised event then please complete an Exceptional Leave Request Form (copies also available at reception). Any decision about taking action as a result of non-attendance is made by the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer (EWO), as made clear by this extract from the FAQ section of the latest guidance:

Can a school fine a parent for taking their child on holiday during term time?

Yes. Parents have a legal duty to make sure that their child aged 5-16, if registered at a school, attends that school regularly. If taking an unauthorised term time holiday is grounds for issuing a penalty notice according to the local authority’s code, and if the leave of absence for holiday was not authorised by the school, either the school or the local authority may issue a penalty notice.

Can schools decide whether parents should be prosecuted or not?

No. Only local authorities can make decisions on whether parents should be prosecuted for school attendance offences. All schools (including academies) have a duty to refer regular absence (authorised and unauthorised) to the relevant local authority. This may include any evidence to show how they supported the pupil and parent to improve attendance. It is for each local authority to judge each referral on its own merits and make a decision on the next probable cause of action 

Our target is for all MVC students to have an attendance rate of 97% or above. A child whose attendance is 90% will miss half a year of school during their time at MVC.

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