Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child has regular and punctual attendance. It is the headteacher's responsibility to ensure that this happens and also to support families who are having difficulty.
What to do if you are late
We ask that all children arrive at school, by 8.55am at the latest, ready to start the day at 9.00am. A member of staff will be in the playground from 8.45am to greet our families, and you may leave your child under our supervision from this time. The bell will ring at 8.55am, ready for a 9.00am prompt registration.
If your child arrives late, please enter via the main entrance. You will need to sign your child into school in the 'Lates' register. A 'Late' mark will be made in the register for any child arriving after the registers have closed. The headteacher reviews the registers on a regular basis and parents will be contacted by letter should lateness persist.
What to do if your child is ill
If your child is ill, we ask that you email or telephone the school office before 9.15am on the morning of each day's absence. The school has a rigorous process to ensure that no child is 'missing in education' and contact will be made by text, phone and email to all emergency contacts provided to the school if we cannot get in touch with parents.
Children who take time off school to attend medical appointments will be expected to provide evidence of the appointment card. If this cannot be provided, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Please may we ask parents to make appointments before or after school or in the holidays wherever possible. This keeps disruptions to your child's learning to a minimum.
We do celebrate good attendance – children who achieve above 98% attendance across the year are recognised in the end of year Parents' Assembly.
Our Attendance target for 2018/19 was 97% and the school achieved 96.67%. The target for 2019/20 and 2020/21 remains at 97% - please read our latest attendance initiative for summer 2021.
If you would like to take your child out of school for a holiday or other event, please complete an Application for Pupil Leave of Absence form which is available at the bottom of this article. Where possible, it should be completed 6 weeks before the first date of requested absence. You will receive a formal response from the Headteacher, after considering the reasons for your request.
As the weather gets colder, it is unavoidable that children and staff will pick up colds and winter vomiting bugs. To limit infections, please note that if your child experiences either vomiting or diarrhoea, to limit the spread of infection to others, they MUST NOT return to school until they have been clear for a full 48 hours from the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. We are not being fussy; this is strict legislation from the Local Health Authority and helps to stop the spread of infection. Thank you for complying to this rule at all times.