Children should be at school every day and on time. Children who do not miss any learning opportunities make better progress and have higher attainment than those with low attendance and/or regular lateness. We reward children with 100% attendance at the end of each year and recognise any class which has 100% attendance for a whole week.

Children whose attendance is low (below 90%) will receive a letter from school and may be referred to the Local Authority’s Education Welfare Department.

Children should be in the classroom for 8.55 am, registers close at 9.30am. Children arriving after this time will be given an absence mark.

For safeguarding reasons children arriving late at school or leaving school for medical appointments during the day must be signed in/out of school.

Holiday requests during termtime

Parents should take pupils on holiday out of term time. If holidays are booked in term time, permission must be sought from the Headteacher. Term time holidays may be recorded as unauthorised absences.

Illness

It is important that the school is informed on the first day of any absence. A message should be left with the office before 9.30a.m. This will ensure that we know why your child is not at school.

If your child has suffered a stomach upset or vomiting, please keep them at home until they have been clear for 48 hours, to avoid the risk of infection being spread around the school.

In the case of an infectious disease this usually means your child will not return to school until any course of antibiotics is finished or your child is really fit for a full day at school. If the doctor advises that your child can attend school, medication should be given before and after school. School staff are not permitted to administer medicine.

If a child is dependent upon medication on a regular long-term basis such as inhalers or Epipens, these will be kept in a secure place within school and administered as necessary. Please inform school if your child requires any long term medication (including inhalers) as a care plan/consent form must be completed.

If children become poorly during the school day and we feel they cannot remain at school, we will contact you to collect them.

Headlice

In the event of a case of head lice in your child’s class being reported to us a letter will be sent home with all children in the class. Parents of the child who has lice will be informed. Please check your children’s hair regularly to prevent any infestation being passed around.