Attendance

Good attendance is vital for children to achieve well and be happy at school. Children who are absent regularly may fall behind or be unhappy coming to school. It is part of our school ethos that good attendance is expected and rewarded.

Rewarding Good Attendance

  • 100% Achievement certificates are given out termly
  • Book tokens for 100% attendance all year
  • If your child has 100% attendance for a term, they will have a raffle ticket entered into the end of year raffle, with the chance of winning a bike
  • The attendance of each of the classes is also monitored – the winning class each week gets a special Head Teacher’s Award and the overall winning class every two terms will receive a £50 prize to spend as a class

If your child has better than 96% attendance at school they are doing well. The national average is about 95%. Children with 80% attendance will miss an average of one day a week and two years of school by the time they are in Year 11. Similarly attendance of 90% may sound good but it is still half a day a week and a year of missed education by the time they are 16. We don’t need to explain how difficult it can be for some children to make up for a year of lost time.

Absences

If your child is not present at school - as early as you can on the first day of absence please

  • phone the school (01752 225649) or
  • send a note or
  • call into the school office

It is important that we know where your child is. We may phone you if we are unsure as to why your child is absent.

We work in partnership with the local GP’s surgery and they will do their best to see your child out of school hours.

Your child MUST NOT be kept away from school

  • to look after brothers and sisters
  • to mind the house
  • to visit relatives
  • for long weekends
  • for shopping trips
  • for birthday treats

As a School we will inform you if:

  • your child is not attending
  • your child is frequently late

Term Time Holidays

Under new guidance from the DfE, any request for a holiday during term time must be authorised by the school and we are only allowed to authorise term time holidays in exceptional circumstances. Any parent who takes their child on holiday without authorisation may receive a Penalty Notice and a possible fine of £60/£120.

We can help

Your children are very important to us all and deserve the best possible education. BUT sometimes things go wrong. If you are having any problems around attendance please come in and speak to one of us.

Education Welfare Officer

An Education Welfare Officer who works for the Local Authority checks our registers regularly and will be in touch with you if you child fails to attend school on a regular basis.