One of the most important things you can do for your child’s future is make sure that they go to school!
- If your child is between 5 and 16 years old it is your legal responsibility to make sure that they attend school regularly.
- Missing out on school means missing out on learning and social life.
- Did you know that if your child has 10 days off school they miss 5 % of their education that year.
- The more school your child misses the harder it is for them to go back.
- Help your child by getting them to school everyday on time!
- The school target for attendance is 96%, with your help we can achieve this!
85% or less
Parents: May be issued with a penalty fine (£60 per parent per child rising to £120 if not paid in 21 days). If the fine is not paid court proceedings may follow. We will be in regular contact with parents of children in this category to ensure that their child’s attendance improves.
Parents: Invited to an attendance panel, you may be asked to complete a parent contract, we may visit you at home, you may receive a penalty warning notice letter.
What should I do if my child is sick?
Telephone the school on the first day of your child’s absence to let us know why your child is not in school. If your child is off for a long period of time or keeps having days off for illness we will ask for appointment cards, doctors notes or prescriptions to show why they have been off.
What should I do if my child has a medical appointment?
Try and book medical appointments out of school hours. If this is not possible then please show the appointment card to the office before the appointment.Your child should return to school as soon as possible after the appointment. They should not be having a full day off school.
What should I do if I my child needs to be absent? (Exceptional circumstances)
If it is absolutely essential that your child needs to be absent during term time then you need to complete a request form, available at the office, to ask for permission from Mrs Stubbs. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the absence will NOT be authorised during term time. If permission is not given for the absence and the pupil fails to attend school, a penalty notice, which could result in a penalty fine, will be issued.
What about religious observance?
We acknowledge that children at our school are of various faiths. Therefore two days may be authorised for religious observance in an academic year. Any more days will not be authorised. Please let school know before the day your child will be off.
What if my child is late?
If your child arrives at school between 9.05 am and 9:10am this will be recorded in the late book and they will be given a late mark in the register. If your child arrives after 9.10 am without good reason then this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for that morning, which could result in penalty fines.
I’m really struggling with getting my child to school, what should I do?
Come in to school and speak to the class teacher or Christine Mummery about it. We will support you in overcoming these difficulties. If there is a change in circumstances which may affect your child’s attendance or if you need help getting your child into a morning routine, then please let us know. We are here to help!
Rewards include: stickers, certificates, the attendance trophy, extra class trips and putting their picture on the hall attendance display.