Connect Academy Trust Covid-19 Notice to all Visitors and Suppliers

Our schools are minimising the number of visitors they receive, as well as the amount of time visitors spend on the school premises, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This will help to minimise group mixing and make it easier to maintain social distancing in school.

We expect all visitors to: 1. only visit the school premises if absolutely necessary. Please phone instead, request a call or request an online meeting if possible. 2. not enter the premises if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus. 3. clean your hands with alcohol gel (provided) when you enter and leave the building. 4. follow the same procedures as those in place for staff, ie social distancing (2m), avoid touching surfaces and do not enter areas of the school without the permission of staff.

Thank you for your support in keeping our pupils, staff and families safe.

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Attendance/Absence Procedures

Absence and Holiday Requests 2018 - 2019


The points below are drawn from the July 2016 letter written by Judith Harwood, Assistant Director of Plymouth City Council's Learning and Communities division.


  • Headteachers are still unable to authorise any holiday requests or absences from school due to a holiday being taken
  • Any absence for holiday will be marked as unauthorised
  • Exceptional circumstances can apply - (please refer to exceptional circumstances document)
  • The local authority expect to be informed and will intervene if a child is absent from school for more than 4 days as a result of a holiday
  • Penalty notices (£60 fines) will no longer be issued but parents are still encouraged to maximise their child's time in school and take holidays outside of term time
  • High levels of absence may result in prosecution
  • If attendance falls below 90% (persistent absence) or parents fail to ensure their child attends school regularly, the City Council will consider prosecution.
  • OFSTED considers attendance of MORE THAN 96% for primary schools as being the right standard.
  • Our school attendance target is 97%