We set very high standards with regard to attendance. Your child should be in school every day unless he or she is ill. If your child is absent for any reason, please ring on the first day of absence.Please note that whenever possible medical and dental appointments should be booked outside school hours. When this is not possible, please attach a copy of the appointment card to the application. Children should be returned to school promptly after appointments and signed out and in at the welcome desk.Taking children out of school during term time is unacceptable for any reason other than illness. Reducing absence from school is a key priority nationally and locally. Missing school seriously affects children’s longer term life opportunities. Surrey County Council considers that regular attendance at school is of such importance that Penalty Notices (fines) may be used in some circumstances where unauthorised absences occur.Penalty Notices may be issued in the following circumstances.1. Pupils identified by police and Education Welfare Officers engaged on Truancy Patrols and who have incurred unauthorised absences.2. Unauthorised holidays in term time. In such cases the Head of School/ Governing Body will request the Local Authority issue a Penalty Notice.3. Where attendance has fallen below 85%. The parents’ failure to engage with supportive measures proposed by the school and Education Welfare will be a factor when considering the issue of a Penalty Notice. There is no statutory right of appeal once a notice has been issued, but on receipt of a warning you can make representation should you wish.What are the costs?Payment within 21 days of receipt of a notice is £60. This rises to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days.(A full copy of the SCC Penalty Notice guidelines are available from the Main Office)Unexplained absences are always queried.