All children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) are required to receive an education. As parents/carers you are responsible for ensuring your child comes to school every day.
Regular attendance including punctuality helps your child become reliable and organised as well as maximising their learning time. It is expected that every child should maintain an attendance rate of 97% or better. This allows for 5 days absence every year.
All schools are responsible for keeping accurate records of attendance. School will contact you with any concerns they have regarding your child′s attendance. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% this is considered persistent absence.
Every child who achieves 100% attendance for the term receives a certificate in Merit Assembly.
If your child is absent you should contact the school the same day with the reason for the absence. If you do not contact school before 9.15am school will contact you.
Obviously if your child is unwell school is not the right place for him/her. However if you are uncertain and you send your child to school we will always contact you if we feel s/he is not well enough to be here.
If your child has a sickness bug you may have to keep him/her off of school for 24 to 48 hours to prevent it spreading.
If your child has prescribed medicine it can be administered in school as long as you complete a medication form.
Authorised or unauthorised absences
Absences can only be authorised by your child's school. Legitimate reasons for absence are:
- Medical or dental appointments (although wherever possible these should be arranged out of school time)
- Days of religious observance
- Exceptional family circumstances e.g. bereavement
School cannot authorise holidays in term time. If you choose to take your child out of school for holiday in term time you may be fined. There is a request form to complete if you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances. This includes time out of school for holidays.
If you have not completed a request form and school believes you have taken your child out of school for a holiday you may still face a fine.
Where a child’s attendance falls below 90% school may stop authorising all absences and you may be asked to produce evidence such as a doctor’s note to cover any absence due to illness for your child.
If your child’s attendance falls below 90% you will receive a letter from school asking you to come in to meet with the learning mentor. At this meeting strategies will be discussed for improving your child’s attendance. If your child has had a significant absence due to ill health it may be necessary to implement additional support for your child in school. If the absence is due to holiday you may be asked to undertake additional work with your child at home.
Where there is no significant improvement in your child’s attendance following support and guidance from school you may risk prosecution.
Remember: Your child’s good attendance at school is your responsibility!