Term and Diary Dates
Dates for Your Diary
The document below contains information about this term's key events. We have the key dates for the rest of the year for you to keep a check on what's coming up:
Wellsprings Calendar 19-20- Parents-Carers UPDATE.pdf
It is a first draft so some dates mey be added or altered over the year. I will try to update changes as they get added.
Here is the quick reference annual calendar for 2018-19:
Somerset Term Dates and Holidays 2019-20.pdf
This information may be updated over the course of the year as additional events arrive. Please visit the Newsletter and Class pages for further details.
Absence in Term-Time
Schools can no longer authorise holidays during term-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Exceptional circumstances does not include
Cheap holiday cost
Getting personal paperwork
Visiting relatives (this should be planned into holiday periods)
Exceptional circumstances may include
Emergency service / forces personnel with proof of enforced holiday period
Holiday industry employees with proof of this being the ONLY time period allowed by employer
One transcontinental leave request per Key Stage for a very significant extended family event, including seeing and elderly/ seriously ill relative
Regular time off for illness will be challenged, requiring not only medical evidence but also medical guidance on how schools can best support and ‘manage’ those children in school. Saying a child is “unwell” will no longer be enough, parents will need to be specific.
Any time away from school can have a significant impact on educational attainment, success in later life and longer term health and well-being. In law, parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of their child at school.
Therefore, any unauthorised absence in term time can result in the issuing of a Fixed Term Penalty Notice. Parents will have 21 days to pay this £60 fine, after which it goes up to £120 per parent per child.
Failure to pay a Fixed Term Penalty Notice within 28 days may result in a criminal conviction and a fine in the Magistrate’s Court of up to £1000.
A fixed Penalty Notice might also be issued if a child’s attendance falls below 92% with 10 sessions or more of unauthorised absence and no satisfactory reason or explanation is given.
These are government changes over which schools have no choice and apply to all schools. The aim is to improve overall attendance figures and reduce the lost days of education which can affect a child’s progress. Your continued support in maintaining our very good levels of attendance is much appreciated.
Full details of the changes in legislation, which replace the 2006 regulation that allowed schools to grant up to 10 days leave of absence at their discretion, can be viewed at the following website; an extract is included below for your information: