Why Attendance Matters

How important is it for children to be in school? School attendance is a baseline factor in determining student success.

Successful schools begin by engaging students and making sure they come to school regularly. You may think that this seems obvious. What isn’t so obvious is that the consequences of low attendance are serious for all children and for the community, not just the students who miss school.

Parents/Carers/Guardians, are you aware of our attendance policy and procedures ?

Our policy states that along with our safeguarding responsibilities we have a commitment to achieving excellent levels of attendance at our school. We believe that children who attend school regularly and punctually have the opportunity and full advantage of the educational opportunities that are available to them.

How can we work together to achieve excellent attendance:

  • Read and understand the schools attendance policy.
  • Ensure children arrive at school on time, doors open at 8.30am and close at 8.45am. In the Early Years doors open at 8.45am. After this time children will need to be taken to the office.
  • Report absence If your child is going to be absent from school e.g. sickness, the school must be informed by 10am with a reasonable explanation. On your child’s return to school provide a note.
  • Complete absence request forms to request leave during term time, this should be done as far in advance as possible, and can only be authorised by the headteacher.
  • Avoid, where possible, medical appointments during school hours .

Our school success in excellent attendance will only happen when we understand as parents, pupils, teachers, senior leadership and the governing body that we need to work together to ensure a brighter future for our children.

Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. NIV