We believe good attendance is essential. Pupils cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend school. We place great emphasis on this. The school has high expectations for pupils’ attendance and punctuality, and ensures that these expectations are communicated regularly to parents and pupils.
We recognise and reward high attendance throughout the school year.
We understand that some pupils find it harder than others to attend school and we work to establish a safe and supportive school environment, with strong and trusting relationships with pupils and parents.
We are committed to:
- Promoting and modelling high attendance and its benefits.
- Ensuring equality and fairness for all.
- Ensuring our expectations are clear and our attendance policy is clear and easily understood by all staff, parents and pupils.
- Intervening early and working with other agencies to ensure the health and safety of our pupils.
- Building strong relationships with families to overcome barriers to attendance.
- Regularly monitoring and analysing attendance and absence data to identify pupils that require more support.
- Ensuring parents follow the framework set in section 7 of the Education Act 1996, which states that the parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause them to receive efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, and to any SEND they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
Staff, parents and pupils will be expected to contact the headteacher for queries or concerns about attendance.
We ask that our parents support us and:
- Provide accurate and up-to-date contact details.
- Provide the school with more than two emergency contact numbers.
- Update the school if their details change.
- Promote good attendance with their children.
- Do not take holidays in term time, these cannot be authorised
Pupils will be expected to attend school punctually every day they are required to be at school, for the full day. The school day starts at 8.50am, and pupils will be in their classroom, ready to begin lessons at this time; therefore, pupils will be expected to be on the school site by 8:45am. The school day finishes at 3.15pm.
Parents will be required to contact the school office via telephone before 8.45am on the first day of their child’s absence – they will be expected to provide an explanation for the absence and an estimation of how long the absence will last, e.g.one school day.
Please see our school attendance policy below.