Information for Parents
As a school we aim to:
- Maintain a high level of attendance across the school.
- Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance.
- Maintain good time keeping.
Good attendance is important because:
- Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance.
- Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically.
- Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with.
- Regular attenders find learning more satisfying.
- Regular attenders settle into High school more easily.
Your child's Individual School Attendance Target is 96% or more.
As a parent you are responsible for:
- Ensuring your child attends school regularly. Absence should only happen when your child is genuinely too ill to attend school, or if there is an unavoidable/unforeseen reason or circumstance which is causing a difficulty/period of difficulty.
- Telephoning on the first morning of any absence, by 9.30am to give us the reason and tell us when your child is likely to return to school.
- Arranging all non-emergency medical appointments out of school hours or during school holidays.
- Providing medical evidence when there is frequent absence claimed as illness.
- Keeping us updated by telephone or email if your child has any extended period of absence.
- Making sure we always have two or more current contact numbers; this includes all telephone numbers, child minders and emergency contact details.
- Follow up unexplained absences by phone calls / emails or texts as necessary.
- Remind parents of the importance of regular attendance and punctuality in our letters, the school newsletter, open evenings, Home-School Agreements and pupil annual reports.
- Publish our attendance rate in the school communication and the Local Academy Committee’s report to parents.
- Acknowledge and reward good attendance and punctuality.
- Publish your child’s attendance rate on her/his annual school report.
- Let you know if we have concerns regarding your child’s attendance and punctuality.
- If we continue to have concerns we may make a referral to the Local Authority Education Welfare Worker. These officers may visit you at home to investigate the reasons for your child's poor attendance.
- Waiting for a delivery
- Going for a family day out
- Children who arrive late to school, after the registers have closed
- Going shopping or for a hair cut
- Because it is your child’s birthday
- Term time holiday/cheap flights
- Parent’s illness
- Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily
- Absences which have never been properly explained
Please collect your child promptly at the end of the school day. Where late collection is persistent and/or significantly late, the school is obliged to take any uncollected pupil to a place of safety and share concerns with other agencies.
Please see our full Attendance Policy below.