For Safeguarding purposes we are required to keep detailed attendance records. If your child is absent it is your responsibility to inform us in advance or on the day, before 9.30am by telephone 01902 742686 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org If no contact is made our policy is to call you on day 1 to verify the absence. If there is a concern we will contact First Response.
Good attendance, above 95% is crucial for successful learning and your commitment is encouraged.
The impact of 'lost learning' is evident below:
- 90% attendance = 1/2 day missed every week
- 90% attendance over 1 school year = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed.
Persistent Absence is when attendance falls below 90%. Parents have regular updates to inform them of their child's attendance record. It may be necessary that if your child's attendance falls below an acceptable level we will be unable to authorise absence without medical confirmation. See Attendance Policy
Each week, attendance is celebrated in star of the week assembly and the class with the highest attendance is announced. The class with the highest attendance each half term is rewarded with an additional non-uniform day.
During May, children in Y2-4 take part in end of Key Stage / Year assessments. During June children in Year 1 take part in National Phonics screening. Absence should be avoided at these times.
There is no legal entitlement to family holiday leave during term time but should parents wish to take their child out of school this must be first requested in writing. We are unable to grant leave of absence for holidays unless there are 'exceptional circumstances', which are agreed in advance; otherwise, any period of leave taken will be classed as unauthorised absence and may incur LA Penalty Notices.