Attendance and Punctuality
At first school, children's education forms the cornerstone of achievement for the rest of a child's life. It is therefore really important that children attend school regularly as even a short absence can mean missing a fundamental piece of learning that can be difficult to catch up with. Please follow the link above to the health page for information about reporting in the event of absence.
We are happy to help with any problems you may have regarding attendance and will, of course, contact you if we have any concerns resulting from the monitoring of attendance. Many of our children have an outstanding attendance record. Attendance figures have slightly improved this year, thanks to parents not choosing to take holidays during term time. There was a reduction of a third in holidays taken in school time, and it would be good to see this reduce even further next year. We request that families continue taking their holidays during school holiday time.
Lateness and Early Leavers
Sometimes, for a range of reasons, a child may arrive at school late or may need to leave early. In these circumstances please report to the school office where you will be asked to sign your child in or out. This ensures that we always know who is on the premises. This is of vital importance in case there should be an emergency such as a fire.
Holidays should not be taken during term time. In exceptional circumstances, permission to withdraw a pupil from school for a holiday must be applied for in advance via a Leave of Absence request form available from the School Office. Although we have great sympathy with parental comments regarding the cost of holidays, this is not, in itself an exceptional circumstance.
It is not expected that any holiday request, or requests, should be in excess of 10 days in any one year. However, as stated above, unless there are very strong reasons they will be unauthorised. It would be very rare for any holiday longer than 10 days to be given authorisation.