School attendance is an absolute priority.
All schools take the view that if children are not in school they will not be learning and as such will not make progress. The more time in school children miss, the greater the impact on their future life chances.
Each school is accountable for attendance, with regular reports being shared with the Local Authority Officers. Schools have an attendance target that it is required to meet which is 96.1%. This is comparable against the national attendance target of 95%. Each school is challenged on all attendance issues, particularly when either school or children are at risk of falling below target. Children are required to maintain an attendance at above 95%. In the event your child falls below this threshold, school will follow the Local Authority procedure.
If a child does not arrive for school, school will investigate this until a reason for absence is established. School aims to complete this process by 9.30am. In the event school is not able to contact a parent it will exhaust all contact information, then if need be make further enquiries beyond the contact list. School understands and acknowledges that children are ill from time to time and may need to visit a medical practitioner or require rest and recovery, however it is required to establish a reason for absence if one is not provided. If your child is ill, please note that it is the parent/carers responsibility to inform the school of the child’s absence in its first instance by 9.30am.
Each school proactively feeds back to parents on a fortnightly basis regarding both class and whole school attendance on the weekly newsletter.
Rewards and incentives are in place for children who have 100% attendance by the end of the academic year.
If you have any queries or any concerns please contact the school office where your child attends.