Attendance and Punctuality
Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive at school on time. Learning starts at 8.50 a.m. The doors open at 8.40am, and the children should be sat at their desk, ready for learning by 8.50am. Children arriving after 8.50am will be marked as late by the office on their attendance record.
Parents should inform the school of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible and provide further information as required. If no reason for absence has been received by 10am on the first day of absence the school office will telephone the parents/carers to ascertain the reason.
It is for the school to decide whether or not an absence can be authorised. Authorised absences include dental or medical appointments, sickness and exceptional circumstances. Shopping during school hours, looking after brothers and sisters and late arrivals with no reasonable explanation are examples of absences which will be treated as unauthorised.
Term time holidays cannot be authorised unless the reason for selecting that date is extreme or exceptional i.e. a parent, grandparent or other close relative is seriously ill and the holiday proposed is likely to be the last such holiday or a unique one off, never to be repeated experience. You must complete a Leave of Absence form from our School Office to request any term time planned absence.
Records of attendance are kept by the school and monitored regularly by the Headteacher and the Education Welfare Officer. The Education Welfare Officer will become involved if a child's attendance decreases. There is proven research showing the negative impact of poor school attendance on a child's attainment and future prospects. Attendance records are sent on a daily basis to the LA.