We believe that children cannot learn if they are absent from school. Therefore, we aim to ensure that all our children take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and to raise standards by promoting regular attendance and punctuality of pupils.
We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils. We believe high attainment depends on good attendance.
We expect all school personnel to support and promote excellent school attendance by acting as role models and to work hard to provide a learning environment in which all pupils are eager to learn, feel valued and enjoy coming to school.
Sometimes a pupil’s absence or lateness may not be their fault and in these circumstances it is our policy to be supportive of the child and not to make them feel guilty or inadequate. Also, at times we have to give allowances for religious beliefs and individual family circumstances.
We believe it is essential to regularly remind parents of the importance of good attendance and its links to pupil attainment. The Education Act 1996 clearly states that the prime responsibility of parents/carers is to ensure that their children attend school regularly.
The Governing Body will:
The Headteacher will:
The office personnel are responsible for:
The First Day Contact Supervisor is responsible for:
School personnel will:
The Nominated Governor will:
Parents are responsible for:
Pupils are responsible for:
When there is a pattern of poor attendance then the following procedure will take place:
The office personnel monitor lateness and inform:
Holidays during term time – only in exceptional circumstances will the school agree to a leave of absence in term time. Parents are asked to complete a holiday form requesting permission to take their child on holiday.
Religious Observance – a maximum of three days absence is allowed for religious observance.
Medical, Dental or Hospital Appointments – we encourage these appointments to take place out of school time in order not to disrupt the child’s education.
We will raise awareness of this policy via: