Help us to give your children the best possible education
All children of compulsory school age have the right to an efficient full-time education, regardless of age, aptitude, ability and any special needs they may have. Current research has established a clear link between attendance and a student’s academic attainment. Therefore, regular school attendance is essential if a child is to make the most of the educational opportunity available to them.
We are really keen that your children miss as little school as possible. Did you know that if a child consistently misses 19 days a year (that’s 90% attendance) throughout their schooling they would miss ONE WHOLE YEAR of their education?
Attendance is VERY Important!
Missing children in the class environment do cause
considerable disruption for the teachers and can affect
not only the progress of the missing child, but of others
in the group. The teachers have asked us to let you know
that it is particularly disruptive if your child misses assess-
ment weeks and/or the beginning or end
of a term.
Please do help us to give your children the best possible
education and keep absences down. Keep appointments
to after school or during holidays so that your child does
not miss school time.
Notify us when your child is away from school with a
phone call or a note on the first day of absence.
Provide us with a written note / letter of explanation
when your child returns to school after an absence.
All absences must be notified in advance, and in writing, where at all possible. Please note the following when making a future request for absence since this may not be authorised. The following request form needs to be completed. Absence Request Form
Amendments to the 2006 regulations (2013) make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances; the provision for Headteachers to authorise absence purely for the purpose of a family holiday/ birthday celebrations is not an exceptional circumstance.
This school will not authorise the request for absence from school if your child’s attendance is below 90% unless documented evidence is presented relating to Health/Medical issues.
Exceptional circumstances include:
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.
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.
The recent death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.
Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of 1 to 4 above, the Headteacher agrees to consider the request but may seek further consultation with the School’s Governing Body or Local Authority Welfare Officers prior to any authorisation being given.
Registration & Arrival
Children are to be ready to go into school in their class lines at 8.40am. Children are then led into their class following the daily whistle. Registers are taken twice daily at 8.50am and 1pm and there is a 30 minute window before registers are officially closed. ALL latecomers MUST report to the school office.
Anyone arriving at school later than 9.20 or 1.30pm will be marked as absent unless there has been exceptional circumstances.
Regular lateness, monitored monthly, will result in a letter from the school advising of the issue. All attendance records of 95% or less will be monitored monthly by the Headteacher and discussed with the Educational Social Worker assigned to the school. Continuing lateness or absences could eventually lead to prosecution.
Informing the school
It is the parents’ responsibility to advise the school of any absence immediately or as soon as practical; in person, by note or by phone (01491 575 887).
A written note / letter of explanation must be provided on the child’s return to school.