Ensuring your child arrives every day on time and ready to learn is the most important commitment we ask of parents and carers.
We understand that children can be unwell and may need at times to be absent from school, however when children are consistently absent for a day or a morning each week this has been shown to be a negative effect on their learning, their friendships and overall wellbeing.
To encourage good attendance we have a number of reward systems in place for children on a weekly, termly and annual basis.
Children are expected to arrive punctually for the start of the day (between 8.50am and 9am). All children (other than those in Nursery), enter from the playground at the rear of the building. The gates to the playground are locked at 9am and children arriving after this must report to the School Office where they will be registered in the late book. Patterns of lateness are monitored by the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and attendance lead and parents/carers will be challenged regarding persistent lateness.
If your child will be absent from school, it’s important to let us know on the first day. Please either telephone the office 01782 233611 or let us know in person. If the absence is due to a medical appointment, please bring the appointment card to the office so a record can be made. If no report of absence has been made, the school office will contact you to check the reason for absence, in the first instance by telephone, then by the ‘teacher to parents’ text service. If your child is absent due to vomiting, they will need to remain at home until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness to prevent infection of others.
Medical and Dental Appointments
Please do your best to make non-urgent medical and dental appointments during our school holidays. If your child does have to attend an appointment during a school day please only remove them for the appointment time and bring them back to school wherever possible to minimse missed learning. When collecting/dropping off your child please have the appointment card available for the office to take a copy of. A signing in/out book is kept in the office to record such appointments.
Holidays during term time can have a big impact on your child’s progress and we strongly discourage you from booking holidays in this time. Parents/Carers do not have an automatic right to withdraw their child for a holiday and in law are required to ask for permission in advance for any exceptional leave during term time. When a ‘Leave of absence for exceptional circumstances’ form is requested from the school office, parents are required to attend a meeting to discuss this with the EWO and attendance lead. We may issue a Penalty Notice warning letter and/or request a Penalty Notice (fine) in relation to holidays taken during term time and for any other unauthorised leave of absence.