Attendance & Punctuality
It is the responsibility of parents to make sure that their child attends school regularly. Our target is for all children to have 97% attendance which is above the national minimum attendance target set by the government of 96%.
Frequent absence significantly disrupts your child’s education. If attendance falls below 97%, parents will be contacted by letter detailing our concerns. Children with attendance below 90% are classed as persistent absentees.
Punctuality is also very important. When children are late, they can often become distressed which disrupts their learning considerably. Children are marked late if they are not in school when the register closes at 8:40 in the morning and 12:55 in the afternoon. We will write to parents if we have punctuality concerns and ask to meet to discuss ways to improve.
Poor attendance can lead to a referral to Lancashire County Council’s Pupil Attendance Support Team (PAST) which could result in legal action being taken. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.
Holidays and Leave of Absence
The school’s Attendance Policy' states, 'No holidays in term time will be approved'. Taking a holiday during term time can have a negative impact on your child’s learning and their attendance. Parents must request an ‘Application for Absence from School: Holiday / Extended Leave’ form from the school office in advance of any planned absence and explain your situation.
Appointments should be outside of the school day or between registration sessions. If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent for an appointment, then please contact the school office. We may ask parents to complete a ‘Medical Evidence Slip’ for the absence to be authorised by the school.
Illness and Medicines
If your child is ill and cannot come to school, you must contact the school office. We check registers every day and if we have not heard from you we will call to make sure everything is alright under our safeguarding obligations and can sometimes make unannounced home visits. When we have attendance concerns, we may ask parents for medical evidence before any absences are authorised.
Children who need to take medication daily to manage permanent conditions will be supervised as they take the medication. Any such medication is stored safely away from children. Parents will be asked to sign a form giving school staff permission to administer medicines to your child. If you feel that your child has special circumstances, please contact the Headteacher to discuss your particular case. Always let us know if your child has or develops a medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes etc. so we can update our records.
Unfortunately, the school accepts no responsibility for the safe keeping or administration of short term medicines. No medication can be administered without a consent form from parents. Children with asthma should have an inhaler in school and are expected to carry it with them at all times.
If your child becomes ill during the school day and we feel they should be at home, we will contact you. If your child has a bump to the head, which our qualified first aiders deem not to be serious, we will send you a text to inform you that your child will be bringing a 'Bumped Head' letter home.