The Education Act 1996 makes it a requirement for every child of compulsory school age to receive full-time education at school or otherwise.
Compulsory school age is when a child reaches the age of five. Good attendance and punctuality is important because:
Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence
Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training
Punctual learners are ready to learn, access all opportunities in school and do not miss vital learning time
We expect children to attend school every day that the school is open.
On occasion, children may be too ill to attend school. Parents/carers must notify the school if this is the case.
Regular attendance is defined by the two bullet points above.
Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring their child arrives at school on time.
Promote and reward good attendance
Fulfil their legal obligation in relation to registration practice
Reduce absence, including persistent absence through support and intervention
Ensure every child has access to appropriate education
Act early to address patterns of absence
Engage in legal intervention if we believe a child’s is being denied access to education through condoned absence
Perform their legal duty by ensuring children who are registered to a school attend regularly
Ensure their child arrives on time in school each day
Inform school, before registration, of child’s absence with a valid reason
Do everything they can to prevent unnecessary school absences such as by making medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
Keep school informed of any circumstances that may affect a child’s attendance
Ensure school has at least two, up-to-date contact numbers.
Please come in and see us if you have concerns or questions about our attendance procedures.