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Attendance

Attendance

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Research evidence has proven a clear link between regular attendance at school and pupil attainment.  Our target for every child’s attendance is 96%. In addition, we are committed to establishing and promoting good attendance habits as a life skill and an integral part of being a successful young person or adult.

Here in school our emphasis on good attendance is promoted through regular celebration assemblies and associated rewards system. Classes can earn £5 cheques for 100% attendance over a week which can be saved and spent on items/activities of their choice as an incentive to attend school every day.

Should your child be absent from school, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am to let us know.  Failure to contact the school will result in you being contacted to establish the reason for the absence and, following our school and safeguarding policy, we will contact every number on the contact list until we can establish the reason for the absence.  If we are still unable to make contact a visit to your home may be required.

Should you require any attendance support, please contact Mrs Gilson. We are committed to supporting families in difficult times, especially when attendance at school is affected.

Holidays in term time

Please consider the following:

While you are away for 1 week your child will miss approximately:

5 hours of maths, 7 ½ hours of literacy, 10 hours of science, religious education, music, art, physical education, geography, history, design & technology and information technology.

If your child has a holiday of 2 weeks during term time and has a 1 week period of sickness in one school year they will miss:

22 ½ hours of literacy, 15 hours of maths and 30 hours of learning other subjects.

If this pattern were to be repeated throughout your child’s school life they would miss 36 weeks of their education!

One School Year = 39 school weeks!

Ask yourself – Can my child keep up with other children if they miss out on 60 hours of education a year?

Thinking of taking a holiday in term time? Please think again!

Please be aware that all holidays during term time are unauthorised unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ apply, as per the Exceptional Circumstance Request form.

An Exceptional Circumstance Request form must be completed for all requests. Any term time request of 5 days, equal to 10 school sessions or more, could be subject to a fine of £60 per parent per child, from the Local Authority.