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Attendance

If children do not attend school regularly, they may not be able to keep up with school work.  In a busy school day it is difficult for teachers to find the extra time to help a child to catch up.  It's not only the academic work that suffers - missing out on the social side of school life can affect your child's ability to make and keep friends, a vital part of growing up.

Studies have shown that children who achieve 95% school attendance have the best outcome from their education. That is equivalent to missing up to 10 school days per year.

Absence

It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to contact the school office on the first day of absence. This is a safeguarding requirement so that all parties know that your child is safe. If we have had no contact from yourselves, we will contact you.  You should regularly update the school and inform us when your child is returning.  

For any planned absences the School Office should be notified in advance. 

The ability of the Head Teacher and Governors to grant holidays during term time was removed by the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. This made clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Regulations state that a family holiday is an example of absence that will not be authorised (with some very rare exceptions).  In all cases, attendance must be above 95% and, if authorised, will be for between one and five days only.

Punctuality

At this time we are operating a 'soft start' with doors open for 20 minutes from 8.40 until 9.00.  We ask you not to arrive on site earlier than 8.40 and follow social distancing guidelines.  If your child is late you will be asked to wait with them at the school office gate whilst a member of their year group bubble is contacted to collect them.
Being on time is also vital to your child's education. Arriving late is disruptive for your child, their  teacher and other children in the class. Children can enter their classrooms from 8.40, and doors close promptly at 8.00. If your child comes through the front office, you must sign them in, and your child will have a late mark.
 
Being late means missing out on learning. Registers officially close after 30 minutes, and children who arrive after that time are marked as absent for the morning session.
 
  • 5 minutes late every day adds up to 3 days lost learning each year!
  • 15 minutes late each day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks each year!
 
We would like to thank our parents for their continuing support ensuring their children are attending school regularly, and on time. If you experience any difficulties, please contact Mrs Debby Clucas, our Family Support Manager who can offer support.