We are required to publish the overall pupil attendance level for the last full academic year :::
If your child is absent, even for a short time, we expect a telephone call before 10 a.m. on the first day, if not you will be contacted after 10 a.m. A note to explain the reason for absence will also be required on their return to school. This is a legal requirement as the LA attendance officers check our registers. Please do not write letters regarding absence in your child's home school link book as absence letters have to be kept alongside the class registers. Please ensure that the letters are dated.
It is very important that we record absences correctly. Different marks are used in the register to show reasons for absence, e.g. I=medical/ill, H=holiday, M= appointment - Drs, dentist etc.. If we do not receive written confirmation for the reason for absence or the reason does not fit into any of the given categories, we have to class this as unauthorised. Each day is broken into two sessions, morning and afternoon and attendance is reported in sessions rather than days. The register is taken at the beginning of each session. If your child is absent at the close of register but returns later in the session, due to attending an appointment, the whole of the session will be recorded with the appropriate absence mark. The Attendance Officer monitors our pupils' attendance on a regular basis and it is her job to highlight those pupils who fall below 90% attendance. She then informs the school of these pupils and the school is legally obliged to inform parents of children below 90% by letter of their child's attendance percentage.
Attendance less than 90% can lead to a school referral being made. The Attendance Officer will then visit your home and set up a six week plan to monitor your child's absences. The Attendance Officer has the authority to impose fixed rate penalty notices and can arrange for children to be examined by a Doctor. Lateness of all pupils is also monitored and rcorded and parents are informed in writing the number of late sessions recorded for their child. Regular and continued lateness may also result in a referral being made and a visit from the Local Authority's Attendance Officer. All procedures are carried out in accordance with legal obligations laid down by the government and the Local Authority.
It is essential in cases of contagious or infectious diseases that the school is notified and a Doctor's clearance obtained before a child returns to school.