Attendance & Punctuality
It is your legal duty as parents / guardians to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of your child at school.
If your child were to miss 1 day a week for their whole time at school, they would miss the equivalent of 2 years of school!
Frequent lateness can also add up, and can mean your child missing vital work, which then has to be caught up. It also disrupts lessons and can earn your child a reputation that it would be better if they did not have.
Why is school attendance important?
- It is required by law.
- Children need to attend school regularly to keep up with their work and promote social development.
- A good education will give your child the best possible start in life and enable them to make the best of the opportunities available.
- Children need to develop good habits in readiness for later life.
What can you do to help your child?
- Make sure your child goes to school regularly, arrives there on time, and keeps to the school rules.
- If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of absence.
- If you want your child to miss school, for example for medical
appointments or religious reasons, seek the school’s agreement well in advance and give full details.
When can children be absent from school?
When he or she:
- is ill
- has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment.
- is taking part in a religious event.
- has an exceptional family circumstance, e.g. wedding or a funeral
School may request medical evidence/appointment cards if there are frequent absences. Only school can decide whether an absence is authorised or not. The office Administrator and Headteacher monitor registers regularly. Any absence giving cause for concern will be followed up.