Our target for attendance is 97%
All absences need to be reported to the school office on each day that your child is off school. Absences should be reported to school by by calling the school office.
Children’s attendance has a direct impact on their attainment and for this reason it is important that, wherever possible, children are present in school. We therefore urge you to avoid pupil absences wherever possible.
If your child is not in school for any reason this needs to be reported by ‘someone with parental responsibility’.
Parental responsibility means:
- All natural parents, whether they are married or not;
- Any person who has parental responsibility for a child or young person; and,
- Any person who has care of a child or young person i.e. lives with and looks after the child.
This includes adults living with the children and relatives but not siblings or family friends.
This will need to be done for each day that the child is absent from school.
Any illness or absence that is not reported to the office will be unauthorised.
We ask that dentist, opticians and doctors appointments be made out of school time.
If this is not possible then an appointment card must be presented to the office with as much advance notice given as possible.
If your child's attendance has become a concern, we will make you aware of this through a phone call followed by a letter. If the issue persists, we may request an 'Attendance Meeting'. If your child's attendance does not improve at this point, the case may be referred to the Education Welfare Officer who may issue a Penalty Notice or Prosecution. As a school it is our aim to work closely with families so, wherever possible issues are dealt with before it gets to this stage.
The Importance of Punctuality
Punctuality is a very important learning habit as there is a clear link between attendance/punctuality and attainment; the more time a pupil spends in school the more likely they are to improve their opportunity to fulfil their full potential.
Being frequently late for school or lessons adds up to lost learning time:
- Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year.
Being on time is a good thing:
- It gets the day off to a good start with everyone in a positive frame of mind.
- It helps your child make the most of their learning and sets positive patterns for the future.
- It helps children develop a sense of responsibility both for themselves and for others
- It helps your child make and keep friends.
- It improves self-confidence.
Thank you for your support with attendance!