It is the parent/guardian’s legal responsibility to ensure that their child receives a suitable full-time education. Being absent or late is proven to have a detrimental impact on children’s learning and progress so every effort needs to be made for the children to be in school and learning at the correct times.
The names of children arriving late will be entered into a Late Book. Attendance and lateness is monitored closely by the school and local Education Attendance Officer.
If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of absence by 9 am and inform the school of the reason. If you do not contact the school then we operate a system of first day calling to find out where your child is.
Should you need your child to miss school because of a medical appointment then full details should be passed to the school in writing at the earliest possible time so the appropriate codes can be allocated on the register.
You should not expect the school to agree to a family holiday during term time and these absences will be not authorised and recorded on your child’s attendance record.
If attendance runs at 90% or below there is an escalation procedure that the school follows and ultimately could lead to fixed penalty notices (see school’s Attendance Policy).