Attendance and Reporting Absences
Reporting Pupil Absences
Please ring the school office every day your child will be absent from school and tell us the reason why. Children who are slightly unwell (coughs, colds, slightly raised temperature etc) are allowed into school. If your child requires prescribed medicine that needs to be taken during school time, you can either call into school and administer the medicine to the child yourself, or you can leave the medicine in school and complete a form at reception to give permission for us to give medicine to your child.
If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhoea, they must not come into school for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness.
Dentist, doctor and general appointments should be made out of the school day. However, we understand that this is not always possible. If it's absolutely essential for your child to take an appointment during the school day, please let the school office know and show them your appointment card. Ideally, children should come to school and get their registration mark and then be picked up and if possible, returned to school for their afternoon registration which is at 1.15pm for Key Stage 2 and 1:30pm for Key stage 1 and Reception.
The Attendance Officer will always follow up any unexplained absences, so you may receive either a text, a phone call or even a home visit if we are concerned about your child's absence.
The current attendance figures for the 2020-2021 academic year:
More information can be downloaded by clicking here. The graph below shows the headline figures:
From January 2022, we will be re-starting the attendance award. Each week the class with the highest attendance is awarded The 'Attendance cup' in the Golden Book Assembly on a Friday.
Why is good attendance important?
Missing days of school might not seem very much, but it can have a big effect on your child's education.
For example, if your child misses two weeks of school every year, this adds up to more than two terms over the child's whole time in school.
Good attendance is crucial to progress and is directly related to success in learning. Making sure your child attends school as much as possible means:
- Your child will have the same education and opportunities as everyone else in the class.
- You won't need to worry about catching up on work, or that your child might fall behind because of missing an important lesson.
- Your child won't miss out on activities at the start and end of term, which are often fun and a chance to develop friendships.
Under current legislation, depending on circumstances, if you take your child out of school without advance permission (except where he or she is unwell), you can be fined or even prosecuted under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.