Attendance and absence

Good attendance is paramount to a child’s progress and development and parents should aim for 100% attendance if at all possible. This means not taking children out of school for holidays, scheduled appointments or anything that is not essential.

Sometimes children are not fully well and parents are unsure whether to send them in to school. We would like you to send them in but let us know that they have been poorly; we will then monitor them closely and let you know if we feel they cannot last the school day. Often being at school and with their friends is a distraction from how they are feeling and they forget about feeling unwell.

Why is it important for children not to miss school?

Children only get one chance at school. If they do not attend school regularly they may not be able to keep up with their school work or could miss whole sections of the curriculum. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help children later on in life.

If your child is unwell and unable to come to school you will need to contract the school every morning of the absence; parents of children absent from school are routinely contacted every day by our school office to make sure that they are not unaccounted for.

Pupils whose attendance is good:

  • Understand lessons better
  • Achieve better results
  • Sustain friendships
  • Have a good self-esteem/positive/confident
  • Get better jobs in the future

Pupils whose attendance is unsatisfactory:

  • Don’t understand lessons so well
  • Get behind with their work
  • Find it difficult to maintain friendship groups
  • Have low self-esteem/confidence
  • Achieve less 

For more information about the school attendance policy click here.