Why is it important to ensure my child is attending school?

There are many reasons why it’s important for your child to be at school within term time:

  • Regular school attendance is vital in ensuring that children maximise the educational opportunities available to them. 
  • It is also an important element in keeping your child safe.
  • Statistics and research tell us that non-attendance impacts upon children’s abilities to achieve A* – C grades in their examinations at the end of Year 11.
  • Attending school regularly also reduces anti-social behaviour and the risk of children becoming involved in crime and substance misuse.

What can I do to help with my child’s attendance?

To help your child’s attendance as well as adhere to the new Penalty Notice Code of Conduct you can:

  • Send your child to school on time every day.
  • If your child is unwell, contact the school on the first day of absence and return your child to school as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your child knows you do not approve of them missing school.
  • Take holidays during school holidays.
  • Talk to staff as soon as any issues arise.

Registers and Absence

It is important that children arrive at school in good time for registration. The morning register will be called at 8.55am and the afternoon register at 1.15pm. Reception children start the afternoon at 1.15pm.

Registration closes at 9.05am and 1.25pm in the afternoon. If your child arrives between 8.55am and 9.05am he/she will be marked as late. If your child arrives after 9:05am he/she will be marked as having an unauthorised absence. If your child arrives between 1.15pm and 1.25pm he/she will be marked as late. If your child arrives after 1.25pm he/she will be marked as having an unauthorised absence.   If a child’s lateness gives cause for concern, a meeting will be arranged with a member of staff to discuss reasons/difficulties for lateness. If the lateness persists, the matter will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer. We follow current guidance regarding more than 10 unauthorised absences and are expected to pass details to county for the issuing of a
Penalty Notice. (Please be aware, 1 session is a HALF day.)
Please telephone the school on the first morning of any absence to inform the school of the reason. This should be confirmed with a letter on the child's return to school.
Full details of our policy on attendance is available below.
Information on Fixed Penalty Notices for lateness and absence is included in the document below.