Attendance and Punctuality
It is the responsibility of parents to make sure that their child attends school regularly. Our target is for all children to have attendance above 98%.
Frequent absence significantly disrupts your child’s education. If your child's attendance falls below 90%, this is classed as persistent absence and a senior leader will contact you to discuss this further and agree actions to improve it. If it does not improve, then we have a duty to refer the issue to the Local Authority with the aim of giving you the support you may need to help your child attend school.
Punctuality is also very important. We open the doors at 8.20am. The school day starts at 8.30am, so children should be here a few minutes before that so that they can hang up their coat and be in the classroom on time. The school gates are closed at 8.30am. If your child arrives after 8:30am, then they need to go to the school office and they will be recorded as late. If they arrive after 9.00 am then this is classed as a ‘U’ attendance – late after the register has closed and they do not receive an attendance mark in the official register.
Children being even a few minutes late each day has a negative impact on their learning and their ability to settle well at the start of the school day. As with attendance, we will work with and support families who are having difficulties with punctuality. Being on time means a positive start to the day for your child.
Our Attendance and Punctuality Policy can be downloaded from the 'Policies' section of the website.
Parents should plan family holidays to fall during school holidays. Any holidays taken during the school term will be unauthorised in accordance with our school policy agreed by the governing body.
If your child is ill and cannot come to school, we would appreciate it if you would telephone to let us know. We check registers every day and if we have not heard from you, we will call to make sure everything is alright.
If your child becomes ill during the school day and we feel they should be at home, we will telephone you and ask you to collect them from school. If your child has a bump to the head, which our qualified first aiders deem not to be serious, we will contact you. Please also let us have an emergency telephone number in case of accident or illness. It is important to keep these numbers up to date.
Children who need to take medication daily to manage permanent conditions will be supervised. If your child has asthma, then they must have an inhaler in school. Parents will be asked to sign a form giving school staff permission to administer medicines to your child.