Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and on time. This is a legal requirement.
Absence from school
Children must attend school unless it is absolutely unavoidable. If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office between 8:00 and 8:40am. If we do not receive notification we will contact you to confirm the absence. A written letter must be sent to school on the child’s return. Parents should be aware that absence is authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher and that an absence note, in itself, does not authorise an absence. Absence may be authorised for the following reasons:
- Medical, either through illness, dental or hospital appointments etc.
- Religious observance by a religious body to which the child’s parents belong.
- Exclusion by the school.
If an absence does not fit into any of the above categories it will be registered as unauthorised. The school does not support holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances e.g. religious reasons. All parents requesting a holiday form must make an appointment to see the Headteacher first.
Registers are closed and sent to the school office at 9:00am. Children who arrive after this time are deemed late. Children who arrive up to twenty minutes after the closure of the registers are deemed absent for registration and will be marked absent but with authorisation. Children who are over half an hour late will be marked with an unauthorised absence. Attendance is monitored by the Headteacher and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO). If lateness persists the Headteacher will contact parents. All children who are late must report to the school office to register their arrival and to make lunchtime bookings for a school meal or packed lunch.
Home dinner arrangements
Please note the procedure for children going home at lunchtime:
- We require a brief note addressed to the class teacher, stating that your child will be having a home dinner and who will be collecting them.
- Whoever is collecting the child for home dinner needs to report to and collect the child from the school office (not the classroom or classroom exits).
- If any child in Years 3 – 6 has your permission to walk home by themselves the child will need to have your written permission in the note you send to the teacher, and sign in and out at the office in the Pupil Lunchtime Book.
Family holidays are not permitted during term time unless in exceptional circumstances. As a school we follow the government’s guidance on family holidays, a copy of which can be obtained from the school office. If you have any queries about the exceptional circumstances please make an appointment to see the Headteacher.