Why is attendance important?
Every day of education and indeed every lesson matters. In the National Curriculum where there is built in progression, children who are persistently late or absent soon get behind with learning and then do not understand current lessons when they return.
The introduction to a lesson and to the school day is crucial to the child’s understanding of their own learning. Children who miss school frequently will undoubtedly have gaps in their learning which will impede their progress and future ability to engage in lessons. This in turn has a knock on effect for their ability to concentrate and for their behaviour.
Frequent absence has a profound and cumulative effect on achievement.
Reporting your child’s absence
We understand that absence due to ill health can be unavoidable. If your child is going to be absent please:
Contact the school office by 8:30am
This can be by:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 02392 824204 where you can leave a message.
Text - 07860054073
Please contact us each day of your child’s absence.
If we do not hear from you and your child does not arrive in school, our staff will attempt to contact you. We will send you a text before 10am and then will follow up with a call if we do not hear from you. For Safeguarding purposes, if we cannot make contact with you, we may contact your emergency contacts or send our Educational Welfare Officer to conduct a home-visit to make sure that you and your children are safe. To avoid this, please contact us daily with the reasons for absence - it helps reassure us everything is okay and that everyone is safe.
Children with less than 94% attendance will be closely monitored by the Attendance Team and the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer. You may be invited to a meeting if attendance is causing concern. Appointments will be made with parents to discuss absence and failure to make significant improvement in attendance, may result in legal action, possibly fines and/or prosecution. We have regular assemblies to celebrate good attendance which we encourage and reward.