We expect all children on roll to attend, on time, every day, when the school is in session, providing they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all that we can to encourage the children to attend, and put in place appropriate procedures to monitor attendance. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school; to this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. We will reward those children whose attendance is very good. We will also make the best provision possible for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.
If a child is unwell or unable to attend school, parents are expected to notify the school office, by phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on the first morning of absence.
If a child is absent unexpectedly, and the above notification has not been received, then the class teacher will record the absence electronically and will inform the office, the attendance officer will then endeavour to contact a parent or guardian.
When the child returns to school, a note must be brought from a parent or guardian to explain the absence, even if the initial phone call has been made. Alternatively, use can be made of the pink absence slips (available from the office) or an email can be sent to the school. This written evidence must be kept in the school records so it is not sufficient to write the note in the yellow ‘Home-school’ book.
We expect parents to arrange appointments (e.g. medical appointments) outside of school hours, however, if this is not possible, then a note must be sent to the school prior to the day of absence. If it is more convenient, parents/carers can complete the pink absence request slip that is available from the office.