Weekly Class Attendance
We have a statutory duty to monitor your child’s attendance. If your child has poor attendance we will send you a letter so you have the opportunity to support your child to improve their attendance. If the attendance does not improve we will have to issue warning letters, ask for medical evidence and invite you into school for a meeting. If the attendance still does not improve you may be issued with a Penalty Notice or Court Proceedings.
To encourage good attendance pupils will be celebrated/rewarded for 100% attendance whether this is weekly, monthly, termly or for the whole year.
For minor illness children can still be brought into school, all staff are first aid trained and we can call you to collect your child if they are unwell during the school day. Any medication prescribed by your doctor can be given to children throughout the day. A medication form can be filled out in the school office.
Please, when possible try to keep any appointments outside of school time. But if this is not possible we will need to see your child’s appointment letter/text.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised. If you decide to take your child out of school for a holiday you will receive a penalty notice.
The minimum attendance that is expected for the local authority is 97%
95% attendance = 10 days your child has been absent (2 weeks of school missed)
90% attendance- 19 days your child has been absent (almost four weeks of school missed)
85% attendance- 29 days your child has been absent (almost 6 weeks)
80% attendance- 38 days your child has been absent (this is over 7 weeks of school missed)
It is also extremely important that your child arrives on time for school each day. Even being a few minutes late disrupts their education as well as the other children in their class.
Arriving 5 minutes late to school everyday add ups to over 3 days each year
Arriving 15 minutes late to school everyday adds up to 2 weeks absence a year
Arriving 30 minutes late to school everyday equals almost 4 weeks absence a year.