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More Information for reference:
Please find below some articles that you may find of use as a Parent or Carer of a student at Batley Girls’ High School
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments came into force on 1 September 2013. Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the head teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.
The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007
Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, came into force on 1 September 2013.
The 2007 regulations set out the procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of exclusion.
Amendments to 2007 regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.
If two Penalty Notices have been issued to you on two separate occasions for term time holidays taken in the previous 2 years, another unauthorised holiday could lead to fast-track legal proceedings at the Magistrates. If you are convicted, you could be fined up to £1000 and you will get a criminal record.
For more information go to the Department for education website: here.
16-19 Bursary Payments:
Batley Girls’ High School will allocate 16-19 Bursary payments in line with the following guidance:
- All applications must be submitted on a Batley Girls’ High School Application form, and include relevant supporting evidence.
- Applications will be assessed according to need, between categories:
- High needs. Eligible for full £ 1,200 bursary
- Category B: Families with low household income (below £ 17,000)
- Category C: Families with household income between £ 17,000 and £ 25,000 (we recognise that many of our students face financial barriers to continuing their education)
- Allocations for Category B will be significantly higher than Category C.
- Allocations are calculated comparing the total funds available to the total number of applications, taking into account the above.
- Payments will be made half-termly into a bank account in the name of the student.
- All payments are conditional on the student achieving the minimum 95% attendance levels required. Payments are reduced when these targets are not met.
Child Benefit / Child Tax Credit – an important message if your daughter is in Year 11
If students stay in full time education (school 6th form / college) then Child Benefit will continue. If they have been claiming Child Tax Credit this will also continue (depending on family income) up till the age of 20 years.
They must be in education to continue to claim Child Benefit and CTC (there are some training courses included in this – for further advice they need to speak to their Careers / Connexions Adviser).
If they leave education then they can continue to claim Child Benefit for up to 20 weeks from the date they leave school, officially this is the last Friday in June. To qualify for this they MUST register with Careers / Connexions (based in Dewsbury Library). If they claim for the full 20 weeks from the official school leaving date then the claim will finish in mid November – most full time courses do not start again until the following September – so leaving full time education and not going on to employment could have a significant financial cost.
(NB Full time paid apprenticeships are not included as the student will receive £2.73 an hour (as a minimum) this is classed as employment).
If in doubt, please contact the Careers / Connexions Service.
Who can receive free school meals?
Children and young people who live in Kirklees who:
- attend full time at a local authority school or sixth form
- are under 19 years of age
and whose parents or carers receive one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (Provided that you are not also entitled to a Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190)
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
- Universal Credit
Please contact the school on 01924 350080 for more information.
We share the site with Batley Tennis and Sports Centre and their patrons are finding it hard to access the leisure centre due to the volume of parents parking in the no parking areas on the entrance to both the school and the sports centre. Please do not park on the double yellow lines- you are welcome to park in the centre’s car park whilst you wait for your daughter. Please show consideration for other users of the site.