Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Attendance and Punctuality

Please support us by making sure your child is in school and on time every day!

In order for your child to do their very best, it is important that attendance and punctuality is excellent.  Lost time cannot be made up and school expects the support of parents and carers in ensuring that children always attend school.

There will, of course, be rare times when children are unwell or have health appointments and therefore won’t be in school. However, school must be informed of the reason for these absences by phone by 9.15am.  The school office is open from 8.00am to receive phone calls. If your child is not in school and we have not had prior notification of the reason for their absence you will be contacted that morning by Mrs Cassin to provide a reason. If we cannot make contact school staff may make home visits to investigate and support parents to get their child to school. 

As a school we are working closely with the Education Welfare Service to improve our attendance, and bring it in line with the government's expectation of 96%. Where children and/or families are identified as causing concern for attendance or punctuality the support of the Education Welfare Service will be sought.

In line with the local authority's guidance, we will not authorise any holidays or leave during term time.  In addition, if parents do take their children out of school and therefore have an unauthorised absence, the school will refer this immediately to the Education Welfare Service. This could result in a child being removed from the school register and/or the parent/carer being subject to a fixed penalty notice fine. 

Our Attendance and Punctuality Policy can be found in full here: Attendance and Punctuality Policy 2018

Celebrating Good Attendance

This year, to encourage all our pupils and families to attend school whenever possible and to reward those who always do their best, we have planned a number of rewards.

  • Each week, the class with the best attendance in each Key Stage will win points.  The class with the most points at the end of a half term will win a prize.
  • Each week, children with 100% attendance for the week will have their name placed into a class raffle to win a prize.
  • Every term, all children with 100% attendance will receive a reward, to be decided by the school council
  • At the end of the year, any child with 100% attendance and no lates will receive a reward of a free school trip