For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. Children with poor attendance are disadvantaged in many ways.
We will consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Of course, we understand that absence due to illness is sometimes unavoidable, but we expect all pupils to maintain an attendance rate of at least 97% (our average from last year). This means an average of less than 1 day off each month.
Lateness causes severe disruption to the classroom routine, and results in children being missed from both attendance and dinner registers. It also puts children at a disadvantage as they find it hard to settle to work and can miss vital teacher input.
Please telephone the school on our dedicated absence line 01332 690776 by 9.15am on the first morning of absence and each subsequent day.
If your child has an appointment in the morning after which they will be returning to school e.g. doctors, dentist etc, please telephone before 9am so that your child can be entered on the dinner register.
Please try to make appointments, where ever possible, outside of the school day as it does cause disruption to the children’s day.
Please note that for sickness or diarrhoea the current guidelines laid down by the Health Protection Agency state that children should not return to school for 48 hours after the final episode (and should not swim for 2 weeks after the last episode). Please comply with these guidelines as sickness and diarrhoea spread very easily in the classroom environment.
It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that their children attend school. All absence from school affects a child’s education. Some absence is beyond parental control, for example sickness, medical appointments etc. Please note that from September 2013, Headteachers no longer have the discretionary power to authorise absence for holidays.
The Head teacher has a statutory responsibility to closely monitor school attendance. Parents of children whose attendance has dropped below 90% at the end of each term will receive a letter from the head teacher and persistent poor attendance will be referred to the Local Authority. The government collects annual statistics on attendance from every school.
For further information please see the school's Attendance policy which is shared annually with all parents.