Attendance – Why it matters!
Help your child to be the best they can be and thrive in their future!
Going to school every day gives your child enormous benefits and advantages, ensuring that they learn to read, make excellent progress in their learning, supports them to develop friendships and not miss out on educational or social experiences.
As a parent/carer you can ensure good attendance by:
- Setting an alarm and leaving the house in good time for the start of the day.
- Arranging medical appointments for outside of school time.
- Sending your child to school if they are a bit under the weather but are well enough to be in school.
- Sending medical evidence into school, if your child’s attendance is regularly affected by illness or if they are absent for more than 3 days in a row.
- Arranging holidays during the allocated school holiday periods. Any leave of absence must be requested in advance (14 days prior to leave) and by using the correct paperwork.
- Talking to us and letting us know if there is anything affecting your child’s attendance. This includes issues that may not be related to illness.
- Encouraging your child to form positive views about their education. They learn from you!
Please listen to the video to hear some of our children talking about the benefits of attending school every day
Please listen to the video to hear ways in which you can support your child's attendance
Please listen to the video to hear our children talking about why getting to school on time is important to them.
Definition of Regular Attendance from the Department for Education, ‘Working together to improve school attendance’: Where parents decide to have their child registered at school, they have an additional legal duty to ensure their child attends that school regularly. This means their child must attend every day that the school is open, except in a small number of allowable circumstances such as being too ill to attend or being given permission for an absence in advance from the school.
To contact Mrs Robinson, our Attendance Officer, please use the button below to email her directly or call Upper Site on 01670 812360