Attendance

Attendance/Sickness

Your child has a right to an education. The best possible chance of success in adulthood you can give your child is by ensuring they attend school regularly.  Our start times are clearly published to all parents. Registration closes at 9:10am after which children are late. Children who arrive after their start time but before registration closes are late to school but do not receive a late mark. 

Recent reports* from the Department for Education have outlined consequences of poor attendance:

Pupil Absence Means Falling Results

"The poor attendance of a number of pupils can disrupt their own learning and that of other pupils. These children quickly begin to fall behind their peers and often never fully catch up with gaps in their skills or knowledge. Over time these pupils become bored and disillusioned with education and by years 10 and year 11 they are lost to the system. These pupils are the most likely to become ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET) when they leave school and easily fall into anti-social behaviour and crime".

"Not surprisingly there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement. Of pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school only three per cent manage to achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths. Of pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths".

Our Commitment to Monitoring School Attendance

Our school is committed to achieving the highest standards of education for all of our children and inherent in this are high expectations for attendance. We monitor every child's attendance closely to identify any reductions in attendance over time and to identify any patterns of absence. If a child's attendance drops below 95% we will work with parents to improve attendance for the sake of their child's education. If attendance does not improve then we are under an obligation to discuss our concerns with the education welfare officer, or in some circumstances, pursue the matter through the courts. We do understand there are always exceptions to the rule and no-one can help becoming ill but we want to be sure that where children are absent from school there are valid reasons for this absence.

Exceptional Circumstances

There are very few times when the school can justify authorising absence during term time ; please note that most requests will result in unauthorised absence and that 10 unauthorised absences (five full days or 10 half days) can trigger the fine system operated by Wiltshire Council.

Taking your child out of school for a holiday in term time just because it is a cheaper option than having a break during official school holidays is not a reason for your child missing school.

By keeping your child out of school you are potentially damaging their future prospects, both at school and in the world of work. This is equally true whether your child is in the Foundation Stage, the Primary Phase or the Secondary Phase.

What this Means for You

The school has to account for attendance and it is a criteria upon which our school will be assessed in any Ofsted inspection. Where your child has 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence in a six month period, the school must inform the local authority, who will issue a penalty notice. That means a £60 fine per parent, per child if the fine is paid within 28 days of receiving the notice or £120 if over 28 days.

Guidance on letting us know about absence
  • Please telephone the school by 9.00am if your child is going to be absent. If would be helpful if you could give a rough indication of when you expect your child to return to school.
  • Please keep your child at home for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea to prevent the spread of these illnesses through the school.
  • Ensure your child attends school regularly to give them the best chance in life.
  • You can download the Exceptional Circumstance absence request form below - this must be submitted to the school office at least 14 days before the absence.