Should your child be absent for any reason, please let us know in writing or by telephone on 01536 506404 option 1, first thing in the morning. On return to school a note is very helpful even though you may have telephoned on the first day of absence. We are now required to record any absences not notified to us as 'unauthorised' and to report on these annually.
We like to encourage good attendance and advise strongly that parents do not take their children on holiday in term time. A leave of absence can be obtained from the school office or download below, although latest DFE guidance advises that all absence from school except due to illness/medical appointments we be unauthorised expect in expectional circumstances. Parents whose children take a continous leave of absence of 5 days or more will be referred to the local authority and may receive a fine, this can be £70 per adult per child that is absent from school
Where a pupil’s absence raises concerns the school will make every effort to contact the parents at an early opportunity. Parents will be notified in writing for information purposes only if their child’s attendance falls below 95%. If a child's attendance falls below 90% they will be monitored for a period of 6 weeks with the expectation that their attendance reaches 97% during this time period. If the attendance fails to meet this for 12 consecutive weeks or falls below 80%, Parents will be referred to our external Attendance Officer and invited in for a meeting with our School’s Pastoral and Attendance manager and the external attendance officer.
Key Stage 2 SAT’s week is normally in early to mid May and all Year 6 pupils should make every effort to attend. Year 2 SAT’s May and Year 1 Phonics Test mid July.
Good timekeeping is not just good manners, it is also essential in the world of work. If a child arrives late (i.e. ten minutes after the start of the session) then a late mark will be recorded.
All children are allowed to enter school from 8.50 onwards, so they re ready to start work at 9.00am.
Leaving school during the day
If your child needs to leave school during lesson time to visit the doctor, dentist or optician a note must be sent to your child’s teacher beforehand or you must collect the child personally from school. Children will not be allowed out of school on their word alone. We advise that, if possible, appointments are made after school or in holiday times.