Good attendance is crucial for all children if they are to make the progress we expect. As a minimum we expect all our children to attain 95% attendance across the whole year. A 5% absence represents 2 weeks of missed learning. There is no ‘allowance’ for holidays during term time and Headteachers are no longer permitted to authorise holiday.
All absence from school must be authorised – you must let the school know if your child is going to be away from school for any reason. Most parents telephone the Office if their child is ill. Otherwise we use a ‘first day response’ system – when a child is absent and we have had no contact from parents, we will attempt to contact you.
Medical, dental or other health-related appointments should be made for times outside the school day. Where this is impossible, a later morning or later afternoon appointment is preferred so that your child can be registered for the session. Children should be signed in and out of school using the book in the School Office.
48 Hour Rule – Please note that our policy in respect of vomiting and/or diarrhoea follows the NHS recommendation that children should be kept away from school, pre-school or a child minder for 48 hours since the last episode. Please don’t bring sick children into the classrooms and school office unless absolutely unavoidable, as any contact can spread germs throughout the school.
We are supported in maintaining and monitoring good attendance by the local authority’s Attendance and Engagement Officer.