Absence from School
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and on time. This is a legal requirement.
Children must attend school unless it is absolutely unavoidable. If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office between 7:30am and 8:30am. If we do not receive notification we will contact you to confirm the absence. Parents should be aware that absence is authorised at the discretion of the Principal and that an absence note, in itself, does not authorise an absence.
Absence may be authorised for the following reasons in line with our attendance policy:
Medical, either through illness, dental or hospital appointments etc.;
Religious observance by a religious body to which the child’s parents belong;
Exclusion by the school.
If an absence does not fit into any of the above categories it will be registered as unauthorised. If children’s absence falls below the national expectation of 95% you will be notified by the Principal.
The school does not support holidays during term time unless there are very exceptional circumstances. All parents requesting a holiday form must make an appointment to see the Principal first and all holidays are classified as unauthorised.
Registers are closed by 8:40am. Children who arrive after this time are deemed absent for registration and will receive a late mark at the school office. Children who arrive more than thirty minutes after the closure of the registers are will be marked absent but with authorisation for the entire morning session.
Attendance is monitored by the Principal. If lateness persists the Principal will contact parents. All children who are late must report to the school office to register their arrival and to make lunchtime bookings for a school meal or packed lunch.