It’s very important that children attend school regularly. In OfSTED’s 2009 report they asked parents to help the school by making sure their children attend whenever possible. There’s a lot of work for them to cover and if they miss lessons, their progress in school and therefore their results in the National tests (SATs) are likely to be poorer than they should be.
The Government requires schools to keep detailed records of children’s attendance and absences. If your child is away, you must phone the office on the first day of absence. The absence will be recorded as authorised or unauthorised, depending on the reason. Just letting us know the reason does not mean it will automatically be authorised. Attendance and absences have to be recorded on your child’s school report. The office will phone you on the first day of any absence if we have not heard from you as to why your child is not in school.
Leave of Absence for holidays taken during term time will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you need to take your child out due to exceptional circumstances, you will need to complete an application to do so. Taking leave during and just before the May assessments (year 1 – 6) will result in a fine being issued.
Please bear in mind that children who arrive late can get upset, cause disruption and waste valuable teaching and learning time. Of course there will be rare occasions when children are late, but children should be encouraged to think of school as their workplace, where good time-keeping matters.
It is the School’s policy to monitor attendance closely and to consult parents we work very closely with and the Education Welfare Officer if a child’s attendance or punctuality causes concern.