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Weekly Message from the Headteacher

Welcome back everyone and happy Friday!

I trust you all have had a lovely half term break - I cannot remember when we last had a run of such
nice weather which coincided with the holidays. It was most welcome, and I managed to keep a healthy
step-count with all the walks and runs I accomplished in the outdoors.
This week I wanted to remind parents about the importance of school attendance. As the world opensup,
it may be tempting to take advantage of opportunities for day’s out and mini breaks during the school
week. We cannot authorise these.

Whilst we recognise that opportunities for such events have been limited in the last 18 months, we are
also very aware that the education of youngsters has suffered too. Children should be attending school
every day unless they are very unwell. There will be time for day’s out and mini-breaks in the long
summer holiday which is only next month, so I would ask parents to prioritise education at this time.
Our school staff are working hard to fill the gaps in education caused by lockdown and the absence of
face to face teaching. They are planning to maximise learning every day and when children miss a
lesson or series of lessons, this creates an additional problem for both the teachers and the student.
I would also ask that families prioritise school attendance when planning for the coming school year. We
cannot authorise holidays during school time, even though they might be cheaper and more convenient
to parents. We will need children to be in school every day so that we can maximise learning and help
every child to make progress and achieve their potential.

You may be surprised to learn that our school attendance figures are monitored by the Multi-Academy
Trust and other external bodies like OFSTED. They are seen as an indicator of school effectiveness and
whether the community values the school provision. When absence is high, it can be interpreted as an
indicator of school failure.  We are not a failing school, your children love coming to school and embrace
all opportunities to learn.  We know that you value the school highly and are positive about the experience of learning your child receives. Please help us to evidence this, by planning your holidays and breaks during the school holidays in 2021-22 rather than during term-time.

Thank you for your support with this matter,

Mrs Figes