Thank you for helping your child to attend school regularly and on time. Our attendance figures are generally good and have improved over recent years with persistent absenteeism becoming increasingly rare.
Good attendance and punctuality is an important issue for our school as it is for all schols. The minimum national expectation is that ach child should attend school for 93% of the year. In practice, we want all of our children to attend every day except:-
1. In cases of serious illness when to attend school would be of no benefit to them, would slow their recovery and potentially spread infection to others.
School are happy to advise on NHS recommendations regarding school attendance for a variety of illnesses and conditions – You may be surprised that few conditions necessitate absence from school and, where absence is necessary, the recommended periods of exclusion are often quite short.
2. Within 48 hours of the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.
Attendance is monitored regularly and a report is generated every half-term for all pupils. This report is shared with staff and, where appropriate, the Local Authority Attendance and welfare Service. Where a child is absent for more than 85% of their possible schooling (persistent absenteeism), or where there are concerns raised by staff about the frequency and / or patterns of absence, school will write to parents to make them aware of our concerns. The attendance of those children will be monitored. If concerns remain, we have a duty to escalate the matter to the Local Authority Attendance and Welfare Service who will make home visits and discuss possible further action including legal processes.
It is important to communicate with school if your child is off school sick, giving the reason for the absence. Where we are aware of genuine hardship, we will be sensitive to individual circumstances. This does not, however, remove our duty to ensure that all children receive the education to which they are entitled, a duty for which we are held to account. It is the responsibility of school either to authorise the absence or not. Term time holidays will not usually be authorised, except in exceptional circumstances. As well as missing out on their education, frequent absence may also indicate safeguarding issues and may result in a referral to Social Care, highlighting possible child protection concerns.
Our Attendance Policy is available on the Parents section of our website.