Absence / Holidays
If your child is absent from school, he/she will miss out on vital learning opportunities.
Research has proven the direct link between good attendance and the achievement of pupils. It is therefore essential that absences are kept to a minimum.
If your child is ill, please inform the school on the first day of absence by telephoning the school office. If you wish to request ‘leave of absence’ for your child to be taken on holiday in term time, please complete and return a request form (available to download below or from the office). The school would urge you to consider the educational implications of taking your child on holiday in term time and this will not automatically be authorised. The child’s current attendance rate will be taken into consideration (This must be over 95% for any leave of absence request to be authorised). When a holiday request is granted, this is recorded as an authorised absence. However, no more than 10 days will be authorised in any one academic year. When no request for absence is received or a request is declined and then taken, the absence is recorded as unauthorised and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. If your child needs to be collected from school early e.g. to attend a doctor or dental appointment, please inform us in writing, so that the class teacher is informed and can ensure that the child is ready for collection. This ensures that admin staff are not away from the office, informing teachers of planned absences and that missed learning is kept to a minimum.
We work with the EWO to monitor attendance and we will routinely contact parents if your child’s attendance drops below 90%.