Good attendance at school is the single most important factor in ensuring that children and young people have the best opportunities in adult life.
Good attendance means... being in school at least 97% of the time.
From starting at nursery, make sure your child arrives at school on time, every day. If your child has to miss school it is vital that you let the school know why, by ringing or popping into the office first thing in the morning.
- Don’t let your child take time off school for minor ailments - particularly those which would not stop you from going to work.
- Where possible, make appointments after school, at weekends or during school holidays. Remember, a morning appointment does not mean a whole day of absence. Bring your child back to school in the afternoon.
- Take family holidays during school holiday time only. Term dates are published well in advance – use these to plan your family holiday. Taking children on holiday, or out of school during term time, is against the law.
- Encourage your child to tell you about any problems they may have at school. If you know or think that your child is having difficulties attending school you should contact us straight away.