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Attendance at school every possible day is very important!

We expect our pupils to attend school every possible day that they can. Missing a day from the school term can impact in many ways. Our school believes that only by attending school regularly and punctually will children and young people be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.  High standards of attainment and achievement depend on good attendance.

The whole school community – students, parents and carers, teaching and support staff and school governors – have a responsibility for ensuring good school attendance and have important roles to play. 

Absence and punctuality

Children are expected to attend school every day unless they are ill or have to attend an appointment which cannot take place out of school time.

An appropriate reason for absence must be given and both authorised and unauthorised absences will be recorded on end of year reports.

Leave of absence during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and requests must be made, in advance, to the Head Teacher using the forms available from the office. Please do not take your children out of school unless it is absolutely necessary as disruptions to time in school mean your child misses vital learning opportunities. Sometimes it could be a vital part of the building blocks your child needs to access further learning.

 

Punctuality is monitored and children will be expected to make up lesson time if they are repeatedly late. It is very disconcerting for a child to arrive late to school, they walk into a room of pupils already learning and it can take time for them to settle down. It is very unfair to your child.

• If you are 5 minutes late every day that adds up to over 3 days lost each year.

• 15 minutes late is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.

Last year we once again exceeded the Local Authority attendance target for us which is a challenging 96%. The National Attendance target is 95.5% so we are above this.

We strive to achieve this and hope you will help us by ensuring your child attends school every day possible, and on time!