attendance and punctuality

Parents have a legal responsibility to make sure their child is in school every day and arrives on time. Children who arrive late miss the sense of belonging that comes with being part of the routines at the start of the day.

If a child is absent please inform the school on the first day of absence. You will be asked to give a reason for their absence. We consider absences to be authorised if your child is sick. However, absences for reasons such as birthdays or shopping trips will be recorded as unauthorised. The school keeps a record of absences and these are included in your child’s report. Unauthorised absence and persistent lateness is reported to the Local Authority’s Attendance and Welfare Officer.

Parents are requested not to organise holidays during term time, as it disrupts your child’s learning. Children attend school for only 190 days a year and the rest of the year is available for holidays. In very exceptional circumstances the headteacher may authorise a limited absence. Parents should request this in writing explaining why the holiday can only take place in term time. 

If a child is absent for more than 10 days without authorisation the child’s name will be removed from the register and their place given to another child.