- To enjoy and achieve
- To be safe
- To be happy and healthy
- To make a positive contribution
- For economic well being
Every absence leads to a break in learning. Schools do not have ‘empty days’.
Learning today depends upon discussion, listening, practising – missed work cannot always be caught up.
School provides opportunities – absence robs pupils of these opportunities.
- Pupils in school are safe – unsupervised absence/truancy can put pupils at risk.
- It’s never too early to learn good habits for life including regular attendance and school is training for life.
- Poor attendance in Infant, Primary or Junior school can lead to a habit of truancy or poor attendance in teenage years.
- Arriving ten minutes late results in ten minutes of missed contact.
- All late arrivals disrupt the day’s work.
- Lateness can be distressing for your child. It is vital that your child arrives at school on time.
TRUANCY IS ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL FOR UNAUTHORISED REASONS – you may give your permission but it may still be illegal.
It is a parent/carer’s responsibility to make sure their child attends school every day.
The only exceptions that may be AUTHORISED include:
- Medical visits (Copy of appointment letter should be handed into the school office)
- Educational visits/school activities (sports, college visits)
- Work experience
- External exams
- Exceptional circumstances (family funeral)
- Religious observance
- All day dental/medical appointments.
- Waiting for plumber/electrician/delivery.
- Looking after sick relatives or younger children (talk to us if this is an issue).
- Any kind of work.
- Shopping – even for school clothes or shoes.
- Day away from school for birthdays.
- Family holidays with no exceptional circumstances.
- Going with a brother or sister to their appointment or staying away if they are ill.
- Parents risk going to court to explain pupil’s non attendance.
- Parents may face a considerable fine.
- The school has to include absence rates in each pupil’s report and reference.
- Involvement of the Attendance Officer who may want to meet with you.
- Permission for holidays in term time may only be considered after an application to the Headteacher.
- Authorisation is only given if time cannot be taken during school holidays. Evidence from employers to support the application will be needed.
- Please be aware that a two week holiday results in 50 missed hours of school and imposes a heavy burden on pupils who need to catch up.
If a pupil is ill:
- Ring us on the first day of absence.
- Your child should return to school as soon as he/she is able.
- Send us a note upon your child’s return with the reason for the absence.
- Your child will be welcomed back to school and depending on their age may have to catch up on missed work.
Pupils may struggle to attend school for a number of reasons:
- Difficulties with work.
- Friendship problems or pressure to truant.
- Fear of bullying.
- Family problems.
We can help to sort out these problems IF they are in school.
Parents/carers have responsibility to ensure their children attend school every day. We need to work together to help you find a solution, whatever the problem.
Make attendance a priority. Your child’s records are passed on through all schools they attend and to prospective employers.