Attendance Information for Parents and Carers
Good attendance and prompt arrival at school are vital in helping your child to learn more effectively and feel more confident in school. We expect our pupils to achieve above 95% attendance each school year.
Every day your child is absent they miss learning opportunities and developing new skills. If your child is absent, please contact the school, before 9.15am, on the first day your child is going to be absent. You can telephone, and leave a message, email, or visit the office and explain the reason for absence, if they are unwell we do need to know the cause. If the absence persists, please contact the school again. If your child is unwell in the morning but improves later in the day please consider bringing them in for part of the day and remember we are willing to dispense medication if you complete the consent forms.
What are acceptable reasons for absence?
Flu or heavy cold
Other contagious diseases
Unacceptable reasons include:
The alarm didn’t go off
School work is too hard
School uniform is being washed
The car wouldn’t start
Helping out at home
Brother or sister is unwell
Arriving at school on time helps your child to start the day positively; it leads to better achievement, helps your child to make and keep friends and sets positive patterns for the future.
Being late may cause your child to be confused about the learning that has started in class, can be embarrassing for them, may lead to loss of confidence and disrupts the learning of others.
Our current standard for attendance is 95%, if your child’s attendance falls below 90% you will receive a letter asking you to address this. Please do not consider taking your child out of school if they have poor attendance.
The Attendance Office from KCC, monitors our registers of attendance and visits the school on a regular basis.