Regular attendance is paramount for all children and the school expects that parents will support the school and ensure that their child attends regularly.
The school expects that all parents communicate with them:
- In advance of any planned absence.
- Immediately following any unplanned absence.
- During any absence expected to last more than three days.
Failure to comply with this requirement will mean that your child will have unauthorised absences on their attendance record and this could lead to a referral to the Education Entitlement Team.
Parents/carers should contact us, in confidence, whenever a problem occurs that may affect their child’s attendance. Regular attendance means arriving on time for the start of the school day (8:50am prompt.) It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child gets to school on time.
Parents/carers of pupils who are regularly late will be contacted so we can work together to rectify the situation. Where no improvement is made, the Education Entitlement Team will be informed.
To encourage good attendance children who achieve 100% attendance in a term receive a certificate at assembly and go into a draw to win a prize. Children with 100% attendance for the whole year are presented with 100% Attendance Certificates & £10 book token. Parents are also asked to ensure that their children arrive on time for school each day.
The law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during the term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave.
Parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the school. It is important that parents understand that the initial fixed penalty notice of £60 is issued to each parent for each child. A two-parent family with two children would be fined £240. For further information view our attendance policy on our School Policies page.