Attendance

Attendance Matters!

The minimum satisfactory attendance as set by the Government is 96%.

Absences soon add up, 80% attendance is the same as having 1 day off a week.
 
Any child with below 90% attendance, regardless of the reason for the absence is considered to be a persistent absentee. Persistent absentees are less likely to achieve their full potential and may be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.

Be on time!

If your child is 15 minutes late every day, it will add up to 2 weeks of the school year being missed!
 
Remember :
8.45am - Gates Open
8.55am - School Starts
 
If you arrive between 8.55 and 9.05 your child will receive a Late mark. 
 
9.05am - Arriving after this time will result in your child getting an unauthorised late mark
 
Please remember, if your child is not going to be in school, you MUST let the office know by 9.00am. If contact with the office has not been made by 9.30am and a valid reason given, your child's absence will go down as UNAUTHORISED.

Requesting an Absence from School

Every minute of every school day is vital and pupils will only be granted authorised absence by the school in exceptional circumstances. A family holiday is not normally considered by the Government to be exceptional and therefore, no term time holidays will be authorised by the school.

Should you choose to take your child out of school without authorisation then Parent Responsibility Measures could be instigated. this could mean receiving any of the following:

- A penalty notice (assuming one has not been issued in the past 2 years)

- A summons to the Magistrate Court which could result in a fine of up to £2500 and/or a term of imprisonment for up to 3 months.

If you would like to request an absence from school please ask for an S2 form from the School Office.