Attendance has been a 'hot' topic in schools in recent years. Is it important to aim for 100% - we think it is! Parents generally seem to agree with us - in the last full academic year attendance overall was 97.2%, and there were only 7 individual children whose attendance fell below 90%. There is a direct link between good attendance and high attainment, so keep it up everybody. A national target of attendance of over 96% is always good to bear in mind. Because of COVID 19 it isn't possible to say the same for 2019 - 2020, however we were very pleased that the vast majority of families returned to school when they had the option to do so.
It is unacceptable to book a holiday in term time. Please remind grandparents and wider family members that as soon as your child starts school you will not be able to remove them for a 'break' without taking unauthorised absence.
Our policy allows for time off for truly exceptional circumstances, but these are relatively rare. A form is available in the school office that you should complete before arranging any time off.
Obviously, we do not want children to come to school if they are really unwell. But if a child has a sniffle, or is a bit tired, then we are able to look after them whilst involving them in learning activities. Please bear this in mind when you decide whether to bring them in. We will always call you if they do not cope.
COVID 19 has led to a high alert where a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of smell and/or taste is concerned. I cannot over emphasise the importance of letting us know if your child is unwell with COVID symptoms: you will be reminded that the next step is to take a test, and report the results to school straight away by phone or email. We will then follow guidance to ensure that the school community remains safe.
We monitor attendance regularly, and write to any families we feel are unaware of the importance of full attendance, or where we are concerned about the health and wellbeing of children who are frequently absent. Offering support or advice where appropriate, it is our aim to help parents to work towards better attendance.
Often parents are not aware of the cumulative rate of absence or the impact this can have on their child's education. 1 day off every 2 weeks soon amounts to a scary statistic.
If you have any questions, please ask.