Mrs O'Hare regularly checks the attendance of all our children. If your child is going to be absent from school you are required to inform school by 9.30am on the first day of absence. Please ring 01254 381875 and leave the child's name, class and reason for illness. If a child is not in school, and no information has been received from parents by 9.30am, Mrs O'Hare will contact the parents requesting a reason for absence. This not only ensures we keep track of all pupil absences, but ensures we safeguard our children should they leave home and not arrive at school (more relevant for older children who walk to school with friends.)
All parents should aim for their child to have 100% attendance. We appreciate that illness and medical appointments affect attendance, however, holidays taken during term time are not an acceptable reason for absence. Mrs O'Hare will refer families to the Attendance Consultant (based within Social Services), if she feels attendance is a real problem and the family is unwilling to work with school to improve the issue.
We are obliged to refer children whose attendance is 85% or below to the Attendance Consultant.
FACTS & FIGURES:
90% ATTENDANCE MEANS MISSING ONE HALF-DAY EVERY WEEK!
THERE ARE ONLY 190 SCHOOL DAYS & GOOD ATTENDANCE MEANS.....
being in school at least 95% of the time
or between 180 and 190 days
EACH YEAR, THAT MEANS 175 DAYS NOT AT SCHOOL FOR SHOPPING AND HOLIDAYS
Our school day starts at 9.00am. Registration is a very important part of our day and we expect all children to be in school ready and prepared for their day at 9.00am
However... We do understand that occasionally people do 'run late' and we will not take any action in these circumstances.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HELP YOUR CHILD GET ORGANISED AND READY FOR SCHOOL - PUNCTUALITY IS IMPORTANT!
Mrs O'Hare tracks all late children daily. If children are persistently late, we may refer to the Attendance Consultant based at Social Services. If a child arrives after register closes at 9.10am they receive a late mark. If a child arrives after 9.30am, then an 'Unauthorised Absence' is marked in the register.
'Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school?'