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.

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 office 01752 225649 there is an answer phone facility for you to leave a message. 

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.

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.

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.