As you know there is a direct link between progress in school and attendance, and I am pleased to say that attendance improved last year with both schools meeting or exceeding our Target of 97% and Buckland. Illness is often unavoidable but other absence is, which is why schools can only sanction planned absence in exceptional circumstance . The DFE argue that the school year has been organised so that there is plenty of opportunity to take family holiday outside of term time– please see letter from Nick Gibb here.
When your child’s attendance falls below 95% we will write to you to make you aware as this means a significant amount of teaching time has been missed and this is causing concern. We understand that bouts of illness, for example, chicken pox will impact on a child’s attendance but we plan to work with you to minimise missed learning where possible. When a child's attendance continues to fall and/or goes below 90%,which is classed as persistently absent, we may refer the case to the Education Welfare Officer for support and further action.
We do operate a safe child system so if we have not heard from you (phone or email) by 9.10 on the first day of absence we will call you to find out where your child is. If we can not reach you we will contact other emergency contact numbers that you have given. If we still can not find out where a child is, we may ring the police if was have concerns about welfare. So please contact the school by 9.15 on first day of absence.
School starts at 9 am and children are marked as late when arriving after this time.
Click here for our Attendance leaflet
Our attendance policy will be found under Policies.