Attendance

In the event of a pupil’s absence from school, parents or carers are requested to telephone the school prior to the start of school, or at least by 9.30 am, in order to provide a reason for the absence.

Children do not need to be absent from school for minor coughs, sniffles, mild headaches or just under the weather.  If a member of staff believes they are not well enough to remain in school, parents/carers will be contacted.

In line with our policy of safeguarding children the school may ring you after that time or make a home visit if you have not been able to contact us.

Please avoid making dental/doctors/optician appointments during the school day; if an appointment is absolutely necessary please show your   appointment card/letter (preferably  in advance) to the office as evidence for this absence.

Holidays in term time

Please consider the following:

While you are away for 1 week your child will miss approximately:

  • 5 hours of Maths
  • 7.5 hours of English
  • 10 hours of science, religious education, music, art, physical education, geography, history, design & technology and information technology

If your child has a holiday of 2 weeks during term time and has a 1 week period of sickness in one school year they will miss:

  • 15 hours of English
  • 22.5 hours of Maths
  • 30 hours of learning other subjects

If this pattern were to be repeated throughout your child’s school life they would miss 36 weeks of their education!

One School Year = 39 school weeks!

Ask yourself – Can my child keep up with other children if they miss out on 60 hours of education a year?

Thinking of taking a holiday in term time? Please think again!

If a holiday in term time is unavoidable, please request this in writing to the headteacher. Please be aware that all holidays in term time will be considered unauthorised*. This means that in the school register it will show your child as having an unauthorised absence, which will affect their attendance results.

*Except in extenuating circumstances, e.g. if you are unable to take holiday within the school holiday dates due to work commitments and you have an employer’s letter detailing this.