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Attendance

Children are required to attend school full time from the term after they reach the age of five. We take the register twice daily: at 8.55 am and 1.00 pm.

It is our legal responsibility to record all reasons for absences. Absences that are not notified or authorised will be marked as unauthorised in the register.

Illness

At some point your child will no doubt be unwell and you will have to keep him or her off school.

When this happens please telephone school as soon as possible, but preferably prior to 9.00am, to let us know that your child will not be in school. It is very helpful if you can tell us what the matter is as we can spot if there is a particular illness going round- 01752812245

  • If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhoea we would ask you to keep him/her at home until they have been well for twenty four hours.
  • If your child is showing sympton of COVID 19 they should remain home from school and you need to tell school as sson as possible.
    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

      a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

      a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Educational Welfare Officer 

If your child’s attendance falls below 96% we talk to the Education Welfare Officer about this. If it is below 90% then we have a duty to inform the Education Welfare Officer who will then contact you to see if there is any way we can support you and your child to improve attendance.

We can only allow your child to leave the school for dental or doctors’ appointments when a parent or responsible adult collects the child from the school office. This is a precaution we take to protect the safety of your children. It also helps us if you can give us prior notice of medical appointments.

In  September 2013 the Government  changed the regulations about attendance and requests for leave of absence from school. When deciding whether to allow term time leave, for any reason, the school will consider:

  • Whether or not the request falls into the “exceptional circumstances “ category
  • The time and duration of the leave
  • Your child’s record of attendance
  • Learning that will be missed

. The amendments made it clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head Teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

For more information please click on the links below to access the letter to parents notifying them of change and the absence form with its supporting guidance.

File icon: pdf Attendance Regulation Update .pdf [pdf 164KB] Click to download
File icon: doc Leave of Absence Form emailable.doc [doc 167KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Attendance Policy 2020.pdf [pdf 195KB] Click to download

Should my child attend school?

The Government expect all children to attend school in line with our normal attendance regulations i.e. unless they are unwell or have another authorised absence.

Please be aware that your child should not attend school if

  • they have symptoms of coronavirus. 
  • they have had a positive coronavirus test result themselves, or are self-isolating while awaiting results of a test.
  • they are self isolating because a member of their family has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus.
  • your family are in 14 days quarantine following a holiday abroad.

It is very important that if your child is not attending school as a result of these coronavirus reasons you contact us so that we can 

(1) ensure the correct Public Health England procedures are followed.

(2) we can arrange remote education resources for your child, in line with Government instructions.

 

File icon: pdf 23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians.pdf [pdf 110KB] Click to download