Attendance and Illness
We expect that all parents/carers will:
- encourage regular school attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities
- try to ensure that their child arrives at school punctually and prepared for the school day
- try to ensure that they contact the school before 9.30am in the event of absence, on each day the child is absent or, if known in advance, whenever their child is unable to attend school
It is crucial that children arrive at school on time for registration at the beginning of the day. Lateness into school causes disruption to that individual's learning and to that of the other pupils in the class. It is paramount therefore that all pupils arrive at school on time. For school pupils and parents/carers the grounds are open at 08.45am when children should make their way straight to their classrooms.
Registration takes place at 09.00 and pupils who arrive after that time will be recorded as late to school.
- Registers close at 09.30 and after this lateness is recorded as an unauthorised absence (this could lead to prosecution by the local authority if the problem persists).
- Persistent lateness by a pupil may be dealt with through the home/school link worker and may be referred to Education Welfare.
Requests for leave of absence
We believe that holidays taken during term time are disruptive and can seriously affect a child’s education. Absence requests, which should where possible be made four weeks in advance, will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement with theHeadteacher. If parents need to take their child out of school during term time for any reason (including events such as a music/drama/sports exams or competitions) a permission form, available from the school, should be completed.
Illness and Emergencies
The school employs a Welfare Secretary who is responsible for the welfare of the children. If children are not well they will be taken to the Welfare Office. If necessary, parents will be contacted. All parents are asked to ensure that the school has an up to date contact number for use in such emergencies. We do not administer short term medicines such as antibiotics in school. Where children need regular medication for a long term condition we will consider making appropriate arrangements. If a child has required medicine such as Calpol they should remain off school. In the event of a high temperature children should remain at home until their temperature has returned to normal for a 24 hour period without the need for medication. Children who suffer sickness or diarrhoea should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last incidence in order to avoid spreading any infection. We ask parents to inform the school of any infectious illnesses, so that we can inform and protect any child or member of staff who could be particularly at risk from them.