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Late/Absence Procedures

Absence

 

If your child is absent for any reason, please ensure you contact the school office by 9.00am on the morning of the absence.  We must record a reason for each days absence.  If your child is off for a number of days, please ensure you ring each morning.

 

If we have had no communication from yourself by 9.30am, school will contact you to ascertain the reason for the absence.  Please ensure any missed calls are returned promptly.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Absence Monitoring

 

We appreciate children become poorly throughout the school year.  Occasional periods of absence are understandable.  If your child has a longer term condition, please liaise with the SENCO/Head Teacher to ensure the necessary arrangements have been put in place to support your child.

 

In line with DFE guidelines, unexplained persistent absences must be followed up and investigated.  We work closely with an external attendance officer who monitors on a regular basis, the school's attendance figures.  You will receive correspondence from the attendance office if your child's attendance falls below 90%, which is considered as "persistently absent".

Absence Requests

 

Parents are reminded that term time absence will not be authorised. Exceptional circumstances will be considered at the Headteacher's discretion.  If you require an absence during term time, please put this in writing to the Head Teacher.

Arriving Late to School

 

Children are required to be in school at 8.40am.  The register is taken by 9.00am. The school day begins at 8.40am with teaching and learning beginning as soon as the doors open.  Many interventions, 1:1's and group work are timetabled for first thing in the morning, so it is important that your child is on time.

 

Any child arriving after 9.00am will need to access their class by the main reception.  The late time of arrival will be logged on your child's attendance record.  Incidents of lateness are monitored by the attendance officer on a regular basis, and correspondence will be issued to those parents of children who are persistently late.  If you are aware your child will arrive late on any given day, please inform the office and we can record the reason.

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