Research shows that pupils with higher levels of school attendance are more likely to benefit from education, achieve better results both at primary and secondary school levels and go on to have more successful careers. Similarly, irregular or poor attendance at school can lead to pupils underachieving and underperforming at school. It is our legal responsibility to promote excellent attendance for all children. We therefore monitor attendance carefully and look for patterns of regular or persistent non-attendance at school. If your child’s attendance is a concern we will contact you so that we can work together to ensure that your child has the education that he or she deserves.
Starting school on time is extremely important and it can be very upsetting for a child to arrive late for school. If you arrive after 9.00 am, you will need to report to the school office where you will be asked to complete the late registration form and provide an explanation for your child’s lateness. If your child is consistently late then an appointment will be made to see the Headteacher so that we can work together to resolve the issue.
Each term the school sends home a copy of your child’s attendance record. This will tell you how many times your child has been late or absent, and whether these absences have been authorised. Please remember if you do not give a reason for an absence it has to be recorded as unauthorised. If your child’s attendance falls below 94% or is regularly late, you will be contacted by the school to make an appointment to talk about how we can work together to ensure your child attends school regularly and on time. We may also advise working with the Family Support Worker or external agencies to support you and the school in improving attendance. To understand the importance of good attendance and the ‘trigger’ points for action, please see the leaflets on attendance included in this pack.
Holidays or time off in term time
As a parent or carer it is your legal duty to ensure that your child attends school during term time. Failure to do so can lead to prosecution. The school abides by legal and government guidelines and will therefore not authorise any absence from school unless there are exceptional circumstances. These are classified as:
- A leave of absence due to terminal illness in/or death of an immediate family member
- A leave of absence that cannot be taken at another time due to the parent/carer being in the armed forces
If you need to request a leave of absence for your child due to one of these reasons please speak to Nici who will provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete.
If your child has any low attendance rate [below 90%] then the school is advised to refuse any request for leave for absence, whatever the reason.
Please remember that any requests for holidays in term time will be refused. If you proceed to take the holiday this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on your child’s attendance record and could lead to prosecution.