School Attendance

 

 

Our aim is to ensure all pupils receive a full-time education which enhances and maximises opportunities for every pupil to reach their true potential.
 
We wish to deliver a first class education in a positive, caring environment, where every member of the school community feels welcome, safe and secure.
 
In order to help us achieve this aim, it is essential that your child attends school regularly and punctually.
 
To do this our school will maintain effective and efficient systems of communication with pupils, parents/carers and appropriate agencies.
 
What you should do if your child is going to be absent


Please contact the school on the first morning of absence, explaining the reason for the absence. We ask that you keep the school informed and updated on a regular basis if your child is absent for a long period of time.
 

Where possible you should let the school know in advance of any planned absences e.g. hospital appointments, and make medical/dental appointments out of school hours.
 

Failure to follow these procedures may result in the school reporting the details to our external Attendance Officer who may wish to investigate further.
 
What we do to support attendance


· If we do not hear from you on your child's first day of absence we will contact you before 9.30am.
· We monitor all attendance and provide every parent/carer with an annual attendance report.
· We provide support, guidance and encouragement to families who find it difficult  to appreciate    the importance of regular school attendance and punctuality.
· We strive to maintain a high profile for attendance and punctuality.
· We celebrate and reward excellent and improved attendance and punctuality regularly throughout the year.
 
Lateness
 
When a child arrives late to school causes disruption to the learning of all children in school. There are no excuses for children being late on a regular basis. It is important that your child arrives in school for the start of the school day. Any late children must enter through the main office and sign in using our electronic sign in system.
 
Holidays in Term Time


Following the recent Government directive and guidelines, from September 2013 the school will not be able to authorise absences for family holidays during term-time. Amendments to the regulation make it clear that schools “may not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances”.  

 

Please complete a leave of absence request form from the school office if you plan on taking your child out of school for any reason. Failure to do so may result in your child losing their place in our school if we have not been informed of any leave.
 

 

Our target for school attendance is 97%