Attendance / Reporting Absences

To report an absence of your child please either:

  • Telephone the school office on 01242 523 827
  • Send a message via the Xpressions app

The Department for Education (DfE) has requested that reasons for all absences must be recorded and the findings included in statistics. It is essential therefore that the class teacher is aware of the reason for every absence and a note should be sent to school on every occasion. If it is necessary due to emergencies to make dental or medical appointments during school hours parents are then asked to inform the class teacher in advance so that the child may receive an attendance mark and be ready to leave school at the appropriate time or if arriving late in the morning arrangements can be made for lunch time.

Lateness

If Junior children arrive after 8:55 a.m. they should report to the main office so their names can be entered in the register. We ask that parents let school know if children are going to be absent. After taking the register in the morning teachers inform the office of any child who is absent without a reason. If the office has not heard we will text home to check. We do this as a precaution and hope that it will happen rarely.

Also if children have been sick we would ask that parents allow them a 48 hour period after the sickness for recovery so that they do not return to school too early and end up passing the bugs on to others. Sometimes they can appear to be well and they insist they want to go to school (which we really admire!). However, our experience is that they are not, and parents are recalled to school.

Please note that, should you have to take holidays during term time, authorisation cannot be given. Absence Form is available below or from the school office.

Declaration of Term Time Absence Form

Attendance Policy

Attendance and Admission Statement

GCC: Attendance and Absence from School

Statutory Guidance on Schools Attendance and Absence

School attendance
National average
2016-2017
96.7%
TBC
2015-2016
96.6%
96.0%
2014-2015
96.7%
96.1%