“The children who are most happy and successful in school are those with the best attendance.”
Academy Attendance Lead: Melanie Capes
Absence line phone no: 01476 585278
We would like to thank our parents for their commitment to their child’s attendance. The vast majority of parents ensure that their child attends regularly and on time, meeting our academy expectation of at least 97% attendance over the year. Fortunately we have very few parents who do not support their child in this.
We love to see the happy faces of the children as they get to school on time to play with their friends before sitting down together, ready to learn. Children who do not get to school on time or miss some days of school altogether find it more difficult to make friends and to catch up on their learning. Please remember that our school day starts promptly at 8.55am and children who are late miss the beginning of their reading session, an important skill for them to learn.
A list of current term and holiday dates is available in school. We ask you to check these dates carefully before booking your holidays. Any request for holiday absence will be declined in line with current guidelines. Our commitment is to provide a quality education, but we do need parental support (and our children in school) to be able to do this.
A copy of our Attendance Policy is available at the left hand side of the page.
If your child is ill
We know that sometimes your child may be unable to attend because they feel unwell. In this case please contact the school office and leave a message telling us, preferably before the start of the school day. Some parents think that their child may be better off at home if they are ill, but generally we are happy to have them in school and will keep a close eye on them to make sure that they are ok, if you ask us to. We have also produced a helpful leaflet to help you to decide whether your child is well enough to come to school which can be downloaded here. We use NHS guidance to advise and you can access this yourself by clicking here.
If we do not hear from you first thing in the morning and your child is not in school, then we will try and make contact with you as quickly as possible to ensure that your child is safe. This could be by text, telephone or home visit. Please rest assured that we always pursue this until we are satisfied so you know that your child’s welfare is important to us.
Other Reasons for Absence
The vast majority of our parents recognise that their children are most happy and successful in school when they attend regularly. For that reason they do not ask for holidays during term time, because they know how damaging this can be for their child’s education. In the unlikely event that you want to ask for your child’s absence to be authorised due to an exceptional circumstance, then please ask to speak with the principal so that you can set out the special circumstances of your request.
If there is any other reason why you or your child is finding it difficult to attend school regularly and on time, then please do contact Mrs Capes who can help. Seeking early help, no matter the issue, can help you to avoid any fines for non-attendance which can be very costly and stressful.
Rewarding Great Attendance
We love recognising good attendance and punctuality and so do our children! The children enjoy seeing where we are in the DRET primary league table.