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Attendance Matters

Most parents want their child(ren) to get on well in life.  Children only get one chance at school, and their chance of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly.  Poor attendees may not be able to keep up with school work or miss out on parts of the curriculum.  This can affect their rate of progress and overall level of attainment.  It’s not only the academic work: missing out on the social side of school life can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships.  Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help children later on at secondary school.  Being on time is also vital.  Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for the late child, the teacher and other children in the class.

Governors and staff fully appreciate the challenges of absence from learning, for both the school and for families. There is a clear link between children who miss school and the progress that they make.  Pupils who are “off” disrupt the learning of other children and cost the school resources as we try to help them to catch up.

Please see the Attendance Policy for expectations of pupils, parents/carers, school and the Local Authority.

Term Time Holiday

There is no entitlement to take a child out of school for a family holiday. Absence during term time is discretionary and not an automatic entitlement. Any request for absence during term time must be exceptional and can only be authorised by the Headteacher. If you must take your child out of school for any period of time during term time, you must complete the Withdrawal from Learning form (available for download below). Holiday prices and the fact that parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons. Absence for a family holiday can result in pupils with poor attendance becoming persistent absentees.

If you have any queries, please contact the School office by telephone (01273 453515) or email.

What to do if your child is unable to attend school due to illness

We  use an online reporting system called Studybugs which is a more efficient and secure system for reporting your child’s absence due to illness.
If you haven’t already, please download the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child is ill and unable to attend school.

Get the app or register now (https://studybugs.com/about/parents)

Top 3 reasons to use Studybugs

1. It is integrated with our systems so we know right away if your child is unaccounted for.

2. It is quick and easy to register and use and automatically reminds you to keep us posted.

3. You’ll be helping the NHS and other public health organisations to improve children's health 

Absence in case of medical appointments

Please provide advance notice where possible of any medical appointments for your child. It is also preferable to bring in or email a copy of the letter with details of the appointment.

Fixed Penalty Notices

The Pupil Entitlement: Investigation (PEI) team focus on pupils with 10 or more unauthorised sessions of absence in a 10 week period.  This means that children who miss FIVE days of school are more likely to be referred for a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) or prosecuted in the Magistrates Court.

School staff and their role in attendance

The school's welfare officer, Mrs Heasman, the deputy head, Ms Astle and school counsellor and  designated safeguarding officer, Miss Loom, work together to assist families in improving pupil attendance at school. Close monitoring of attendance will be undertaken by Mrs Heasman and the deputy headteacher.  When a child's attendance is a cause for concern, Mrs Heasman will contact parents/carers and work alongside families to find strategies to raise attendance at school.

The Law

All children of compulsory school age are required to receive an education. As parents/carers you are responsible for ensuring your child receives an education. You risk criminal prosecution if your child fails to attend regularly, and punctually, at the school where s/he is registered. Prosecutions may result in fines of up to £2,500 and/or the possibility of a three months imprisonment. Courts may at their discretion impose a parenting order or direct the LEA to apply for an Education Supervision Order which puts a child of compulsory school age, who is not being properly educated under Local Education Authority supervision.

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