Here at Biddick Primary and Nursery School, we value good attendance; being in school on time every morning gives

your child the best possible chance of learning and making progress.  Absence and lateness can cause gaps in learning

and may mean that a child fails to get the best out of their time in school. As you know, in 2013, the DfE issued guidance to schools

preventing pupil absence during term time being authorised except in exceptional circumstances.


This new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Head Teachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.  An     exceptional circumstance is a one-off, unique situation e.g. where there has been a significant trauma in the family.                


Further information can be obtained from


We were informed in June 2014 that as of September 2014, Sunderland City Council will be implementing the use of Fixed

Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences.


As you are fully aware, attendance at school by children and young people is essential in order that they benefit fully from the education to which they are entitled. Absence from school, whatever the cause, disrupts learning and will impact negatively on the life chances of our children and young people and therefore our community. You will know that Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) are currently included in our Attendance Code of Conduct but have not previously been used as a sanction. It has been agreed that from the new school year these will be used, where appropriate, to assist in our continued joint endeavour to reduce unauthorised pupil absence from school.

                                                                                    Extract from letter to all Sunderland Schools


We are currently updating our Attendance Policy to reflect the recent change.  In the meantime, please refer to the

Sunderland Code of Conduct and the Fixed Penalty FAQs for more information.




If your child is unwell and you  are unsure whether they should attend school or not, check with the Guidance on Infection

Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings from the Health Protection Agency.