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ATTENDANCE

DID YOU KNOW THAT IF A CHILD MISSES 5 DAYS EVERY TERM, FOR EVERY YEAR THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AT SCHOOL, THIS ADDS UP TO AN ENTIRE YEAR OF LOST SCHOOLING

Please do not let our children waste their potential.  If your child is not in school then we cannot teach them!

We expect all pupils to attend school, punctually and in good health, every day. Children who attend regularly benefit in the short and long term. They stay on top of their education and learn how to get on with people better.

Research shows that there is a direct link between school attendance and attainment and progress. Poor attendance and missing lessons has a direct negative impact upon a child’s success in learning. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education. It is vital that they ensure their child's regular and punctual attendance at school. If a child is registered at a school then they must attend on a regular basis.  The current school target for attendance is 97%  You will be breaking the law if you do not ensure your child attends school regularly if there are no good reasons for missing school.

 

 

Punctuality is equally important as a child who is late is also missing out on learning opportunities and lost learning.  Our school day commences at 8:30am for KS2 children and 8.40am for KS1 children.  This is when lessons begin.  

Being punctual is also a good discipline as it supports organisation and good timekeeping both of which are vital skills for the future.  Children who arrive late for a lesson not only misses learning but also causes disruption for the other children in the class.

Being 5 minutes late each day is the same as missing 3 whole days of school.

Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two whole weeks at school.

Legal sanctions

The school or local authority can fine parents for the unauthorised absence of their child from school, where the child is of compulsory school age.

If issued with a fine, or penalty notice, each parent must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. The payment must be made directly to the local authority.

Penalty notices can be issued by a headteacher, local authority officer or the police.

The decision on whether or not to issue a penalty notice may take into account:

  • The number of unauthorised absences occurring within a rolling academic year
  • One-off instances of irregular attendance, such as holidays taken in term time without permission
  • Where an excluded pupil is found in a public place during school hours without a justifiable reason

If the payment has not been made after 28 days, the local authority can decide whether to prosecute or withdraw the notice.

 

What to do if your child is ill

If your child is ill parents must contact the school office by 8.30am on the first day of illness and each day subsequently. If you haven’t called then the administrator will contact you to establish the reason for the absence. This is a safeguarding procedure, a child’s welfare is paramount and everybody needs to know they are safe.

If the child is suffering from a sickness/ diarrhoea bug they must not return to school for 48 hours after their last bout of illness. (Health and Safety Executive guidelines). No child should return to school until they are fit and well.

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Dental and Medical appointments

Please try and limit these where possible to outside the school day. We understand that this is not always possible especially if your child is receiving repeated treatment or extensive dental work.

We want our children to achieve 97% attendance or above so that they can achieve their potential in school. Please help your child to achieve this.

  

Please read our Attendance Policy

 

 Holiday Dates 2023/24
     
Holiday                              Close Re-open      
     
Midsummer   5th September 2023
Half-Term 26th October 2023 6th November 2023
Christmas 22nd December 2023 8th January 2024
Half Term 9th February 2024 20th February 2024
Easter 22nd March 2024 8th April 2024
May Day  6th May 2024  
Half Term 24th May 2024 4th June 2024
Midsummer 19th July 2024  
     
      
     
Training days: 4th September 2023, 27th October 2023,19th February 2024, 3rd June 2024, 22nd July 2024.
 Holiday Dates 2024/25
     
     
Holiday Close Re-open
     
Midsummer   3rd September 2024
Half-Term 24th October 2024 4th November 2024
Christmas 20th December 2024 7th January 2025
Half Term 14th February 2025 24th February 2025
Easter 4th April 2025 22nd April 2025
May Day 5th May 2025  
Half Term 23rd May 2025 2nd June 2025
Midsummer 18th July 2025  
     
Training days: 2nd September 2024, 25th October 2024, 6th January 2025, 21st & 22nd July 2025.