Attendance

‘Every day counts’. We aim for 98%- 100% attendance because children who attend school regularly are more successful learners than those who do not.  We ask parents to bring their children to school every day unless they are too unwell to attend. 
If your child is absent, please inform the school on the first day of absence. You will be asked to give a reason for their absence. We consider absences to be authorised if your child is unwell. The school is obliged to keep a record of absences and these are recorded on your child’s report. Unauthorised absence and persistent lateness will be reported to the Local Authority’s Attendance and Welfare Officer for further support and action.
The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. The Headteacher is not able to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Family holidays during term time will not be authorised. Travel arrangements should not be booked until the absence has been discussed with the Headteacher. Under current legislation parent/carers taking their child on an unauthorised holiday in term time could be subject to a fixed penalty fine. This is something we would like to avoid happening.
Punctuality
 
Pupils can come into school from 8.40am and the school day starts promptly at 8.50 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 8.50 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late.  Registers close at 9.00 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Pupils arriving at school after 8.50 a.m. must  report to the school office to be signed in by an adult.