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Attendance and Punctuality

A good education gives a child the best possible start in life. It is important that each child attends school regularly and punctually. When a child does not attend school regularly and on time they will have difficulty keeping up with their work and are therefore likely to underachieve.

Parents and Carers have a vital role to play in supporting and encouraging good attendance and punctuality. It is very important that all children attend school every day and to arrive on time. This will ensure that your children benefit fully from classroom learning and that other children’s learning is not disrupted.

All lateness/attendance is recorded and monitored by the school and the Education Welfare Officer. To help with punctuality, there is a breakfast club in the dining hall from 8.00am. Please speak to our school office team for further information.

Usually, the only acceptable reason for a pupil to miss a day of school is if they are too ill to attend. If this is the case, you should ring the school office by 9.30am and send in a note with your child on their first day back. If you are not sure in the morning whether your child is well enough for school, we suggest you send them in. We can always call you if they become too ill to get through the day.

Authorisation for absence will not be given for outings, shopping trips or family visits. Holidays should be taken during the school breaks and not during term time.

In exceptional circumstances permission may be sought from the Headteacher and every case will be treated individually.

Medical appointments should be made out of school hours if at all possible. If your child has to see a doctor or dentist in school time they should attend school for as much of the day as possible.

For more detailed information please see the attendance leaflet.