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In order for children to reap the full benefits of what our school has to offer them, high levels of attendance and punctuality are essential and important for children to ensure continuity of learning, establish a good work ethic and promote a sense of responsibility and a serious commitment to school.

The Legal Framework: The Law relating to attendance;

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 states that, "The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him / her to receive efficient full time education suitable:-  (a) to age, ability and aptitude and (b) to any special educational needs he/ she may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’.

The Law Relating to Safeguarding;

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on local authorities and governing bodies to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and students under the age of 18.

Holidays in term time

Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. We define ‘exceptional circumstances’ as an event or problem you did not expect.


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St Berteline's C of E Primary School
Norton Lane,
Business Manager: Mrs Heather Sinclair
SENDCO Contact: Mrs L.Tudor
Halton Borough Council
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