Attendance and Punctuality

Expectations: Parents/Carers

Introduction

This is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

What you should do:

  • Ensure that your child arrives in school fully prepared for the school day and provide the school with up-to-date home, work and emergency contact numbers (we can only contact numbers we hold on file);
  • Ensure that you contact school as soon as possible whenever your child is unable to attend;
  • Do not arrange family holidays during the school term;
  • Complete an Absence Request Form for any absences known about in advance;
  • Confirm the absence in writing on your child’s return – slips are available in pupil planners;
  • Inform the school about any problem which might affect your child’s attendance or behaviour.

ABSENCE QUICK GUIDE

If you think your child is too ill to attend school:

  • Day 1 of absence – Inform school before 9.30am of reason and expected return date of your child.
  • Day 3 of absence – Update the school on your child’s progress, with any medical advice given and confirmation of when your child will return to school, especially if condition worsens.
  • Day 5 onwards – Update school on your child’s progress regularly. You should expect that medical evidence will be requested for absences of five days or more.

What we will do:

When a pupil fails to attend school without a satisfactory explanation, or if attendance levels fall below 90% we will:

  • Contact you on the first day of absence, wherever possible by telephone;
  • Contact you or ask the school’s Education Welfare Officer to make a home visit if there has been no response and the unexplained absence has exceeded 5 school days;
  • Contact you where your child’s attendance is a concern;
  • Discuss the matter with school’s Education Welfare Officer, with a view to a further home visit and possibly a formal referral if you or your child fails to respond.

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