School Attendance Information
If children are to achieve their full potential, they need to come to school on-time each day. Children who have a high rate of absence or are often late miss out on important educational opportunities.
For the same reasons, we ask all families to try to make sure that medical appointments are made outside of school hours and that family holidays are not taken during term time. Unfortunately, holidays in term time cannot be authorised except in exceptional circumstances and would appear on the register as an unauthorised absence. If you wish to notify school that your child will be taking a term-time holiday please visit the school office to collect a form.
This is particularly important during Year Six national tests as these tests cannot be retaken if a child misses them through absence.
Our school operates a “First Day Response” system to deal with absences. This is so that school and home can be assured that a child is not playing truant and it also helps school to improve its attendance figures.
If your child is going to be absent from school we ask you to notify the office by 9:30am.
If we do not receive a phone call from you, we will phone your home to enquire about the reason for the child’s absence.
If your child has a high rate of absence, you will receive a letter from school reminding you of the procedures for informing us of any absences. In the event, that the absence rate does not improve, we will seek to take further action in accordance with our school’s Attendance Policy
If absence rates do not improve after this point, you may be liable to a visit from Stockton’s School Attendance Officers or our school attendance officer who can take more formal action if it is required.
Excellent attendance is rewarded in our Celebration Assembly!
AN ATTENDANCE RATE OF BELOW 90% IS CLASSED AS PERSISTENT ABSENCE. ABSENCE FIGURES INCLUDE LATE ARRIVAL FOR LESSONS.