For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential.
We will consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Of course, we understand that absence due to illness is sometimes unavoidable, but we expect all pupils to maintain an attendance rate of at least 95%. This means an average of less than 1 day off each month.
Morning registration takes place at the start of school at 9.00am, and the registers remain open for 15 minutes. Any pupil arriving after this time will be marked as having an unauthorised absence unless there is an acceptable explanation.
The school will contact parents by phone before 10.00am if no reason for absence has been given.
Afternoon registration takes place at 1.20pm, and the registers remain open until 1.30pm.
Parents should inform the school if their child is going to be absent on or before the first day of absence. The headteacher may require a written explanation for a child’s absence. If no reason is given within 2 weeks the absence will become unauthorised.
When making medical/dental appointments, every effort should be made to ensure appointments are outside school hours but we acknowledge that this is not always possible.
As of 1st September 2013, the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances
For more details, please see the Whole School Attendance Policy.
A pupil becomes a ‘persistent absentee’ when they miss 15% or more schooling across the school year for whatever reason. Absence at this level is doing considerable damage to any child’s educational prospects and we need parents’ fullest support and co-operation to tackle this.