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We pride ourselves on having a good and always improving attendance record.
We encourage regular attendance by:
We expect that you will:
‘Failure to attend school regularly can have a major impact on young people’s education, their future and their life chances’.
We have a comprehensive attendance and absence in term time policy. Absences are strongly discouraged. A copy of this policy is attached below and also available on request at the school office. Penalty notices may be used as a deterrent to prevent a pattern of unauthorised absences developing.
It can be tricky deciding whether to keep your child off school when they are unwell. Most illnesses are very mild, like a minor headache or a slight cold. If you decide to keep your child at home, it’s important to phone the school before 9am to let them know why they will be absent. Parents need to call school every day, it is not acceptable to say that your child will be absent all week.
Wherever possible, make medical and dental appointments after school or in school holidays.
There are 13 weeks of school holidays per year. Taking holidays during term time still affects a child’s attendance.
Term time holiday + absence due to illness (or other reason) = Significant impact on your child’s attendance
You must get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
* you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
* there are exceptional circumstances
It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
100% = Our target for every child
97%+ = Excellent
96% – 97% = Good
94% – 95% = BEGINNING TO CAUSE CONCERN
BELOW 93% = WORRYING AND LESS CHANCE OF SUCCESS
90% = PERSISTENT ABSENCE SERIOUS ATTENDANCE CONCERN
5 minutes late per day = 3 DAYS LOST
10 minutes late per day = 6 DAYS LOST
15 minutes late per day = 9 DAYS LOST
20 minutes late per day = 12 DAYS LOST
30 minutes late per day = 18 DAYS LOST EACH YEAR!
School Starts: 8.30 (the gate closes at 8.40) some Nursery children start their sessions at 9.
School Ends: 2.50 for children in Nursery and Reception 3.00 for children in Year 1 and Year 2.