Contact Us

Telephone:
01946 372656

Email:
admin@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk
head@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk

Postal Address:
Lowca Community School,
Lowca,
Whitehaven,
CA28 6QS.

Absences

Please ring school on 01946 372656 before 9:00am to let us know if your child will be absent that day.  Failure to do so will result in a communication as outlined below:

9:00-9:30 1st Contact by Text Message

9:30-10:00 1st Contact by Phone to all contacts on Scholarpack in order

10:00-11:30 2nd Contact by Phone to all contacts as above

11:30-12:00 Home Visit

12:00-12:30 Contact made with the Safeguarding Hub regarding ‘Child missing in Education’

Could you also inform us if your child will be attending appointments and let us know if there is a change of person picking up your child.

Holidays should not be taken in school term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and it has been agreed, in advance, by the Headteacher. It is important that you do inform us if you are taking your child out for an Unauthorised absence to prevent the Safeguarding procedure above being implemented unnecessarily.

Please email admin if you would like to request to take your child out of school and consider the impact on their education.

Clarification from Cumbria County Council regarding Leave of Absence during term time

  • Leave of absence during term time will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.
  • The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. The Department for Education allows a Headteacher the discretion to consider authorising a leave of absence in term time only in “exceptional circumstances”.
  • No Holidays taken during term time will be authorised.
  • The law states that the provision for Headteachers to authorise absence purely for the purpose of a family holiday is not an exceptional circumstance.
  • We define ‘exceptional circumstances’ as an event or problem which you did not expect.
  • The school considers each application for term-time absence individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request. A leave of absence is granted entirely at the Head Teacher’s discretion.

Valid reasons for exceptional circumstances / authorised absence may include:

  • Illness and medical/dental appointments or where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
  • Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
  • Religious observance – where the day is exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the pupil’s parents belong. If necessary, the school will seek advice from the parents’ religious body to confirm whether the day is set apart.
  • Traveller pupils travelling for occupational purposes – this covers Roma, English and Welsh Gypsies, Irish and Scottish Travellers, Showmen (fairground people) and Circus people, Bargees (occupational boat dwellers) and New Travellers. Absence may be authorised only when a Traveller family is known to be travelling for occupational purposes and has agreed this with the school but it is not known whether the pupil is attending educational provision
  • Bereavement, unexpected personal or family problems or illness might be considered as an exceptional circumstance.
  • To attend a wedding of a person close to the family – up to 1 day.