Why is good attendance and punctuality important?
Good attendance and punctuality is vital if children are to do their best and make good progress. Research shows that children are much more likely to meet age-related expectations if they have high levels of attendance at school, and we aim to promote this from the very start of their school career with us. This encourages children to form positive attitudes which will influence their approach to work and life in later years. If children understand how important good attendance and punctuality is, they will achieve more in school and will develop good habits for the future.
What if my child is ill and unable to attend school?
Absence from school will be authorised if it is due to illness or medical needs, however we do still encourage children to attend school unless they are very unwell. When children are not attending school because they are ill, parents/carers must inform us on the first day of absence, preferably by calling before school starts. If an absence is not reported by a parent then we are duty bound to investigate, and if no reason is given then it becomes an unauthorised absence.
Please encourage your child to go to bed at a suitable time and disconnect from IT, phones and social media, so they get a good therapeutic rest. Feeling tired is not an acceptable reason to not attend school.
If your child has an infectious disease please let us know as soon as possible. If your child is sick or has diarrhoea, they must not come to school for at least 48 hours after the last attack. For up to date information on Coronavirus, please refer to the NHS current guidance here.
You might find the booklet on common childhood illness at the foot of this page helpful if your child is feeling unwell.
What if I want to take my child out of school during term time?
Taking children on holiday or out of school during term time is against the law. We understand that holidays during term time may cost less money, but it is still against the law. The school is not allowed to authorise absence during term time, unless there are exceptional reasons. If you do not let us know why your child is not in school their absence will be marked as unauthorised. Taking unauthorised holidays could result in a penalty notice from the Local Authority.
Why does my school check if my child is not in school?
We have a duty of care and safeguarding responsibility towards your child. If your child is not in school and we are unable to contact you, we have a responsibility to conduct a home visit and inform the Local Authority.
How do we manage attendance and punctuality?
Along with tracking absent children, we work closely with the Local Authority’s officers assigned to our school. They make visits to school to monitor attendance and meet with parents. If there are a significant number of absences, parents are required to meet school staff to discuss how this can be improved. An official referral to the local authority is made if attendance is below 90% at any given time. In cases of serious persistent absences then Courts Orders are issued. Where children are late, if parents/carers are having difficulty bringing the child to school on time, we will do whatever we can to support them in improving this.
Use this table to work out how many days your child has missed from school this year or this term. If you would like your child’s attendance report at any time throughout the year, please contact the school office.