We expect good attendance from pupils which is important in order to maximise each child’s learning
and progress for this reason as of September 2013 no absence for normal family holidays will be authorised but the school office still needs to be advised in advance if your child will be absent from school. We track our attendance records closely. Parents will be informed by letter if school is concerned about your child's attendance.
Notifying the school of absence
Where a child is absent and this is known in advance parents/carers should provide written notice of the absence prior to the start of the absence. This prior notice will be entered onto the electronic register.
Where an absence is not known in advance, the parents/carers have a responsibility to communicate the absence to the school on the first day of absence. There is a dedicated option on the school answerphone to leave messages explaining the absence.
Office staff will enter the appropriate code for the absence on the child’s record. If the illness/reason for absence is such that a longer period of time is needed parents should keep the school informed either by letter or phone calls. Parents/carers may wish to send in a letter to the class teacher explaining an absence, on the child’s return. Where notice of absence is not received by 9.30am the school will contact the parents by phone to enquire about the reason for absence. If no contact is made by the parent/carer in response, the absence will be marked as unauthorised.
Punctuality is important in providing an effective start to the day and developing children’s responsibility for their learning. It is a key responsibility of parents/carers to ensure their child is ready for school at the start of the day.
If your child is late to school for any reason it is important that a responsible adult reports to the school office after bringing the child into school through the front entrance. They will then be signed into school by a member of the school staff. The register is closed at 9:15am, subsequent arrival is recorded as an unauthorised absence and will be shown on your child’s report.
Children can enter the school building via their outside doors from 8.45am until 9am.
Any child arriving after this time must enter the school via the office and must be signed in.