Attendance/Absence from School

Average attendance is considered to be around 95% and we aim to ensure that pupils and parents are aware of this and how good attendance impacts on achievement. Our attendance figure this year is 96.02%.

We have a range of certificates and rewards aimed at public acknowledgement of 100% attendance and improved attendance and punctuality.

We adopt a supportive approach and work with parents who may be experiencing difficulties which prevent full pupil attendance or good punctuality.

Please inform school by letter, telephone call or email when an absence occurs. If school is not notified of an absence, administration staff will ring to ensure parents are aware of the child’s absence and to find out the reason for the absence. The school has a responsibility to work with parents to make sure each pupil achieves maximum attendance, and individual pupil’s attendance is monitored by both the school and the L.A.

School commences at 8.50 a.m. and good punctuality ensures a smooth start to the day. A child who arrives late, through no fault of their own is often worried and therefore not in the best frame of mind to start the day. They may also miss the start of the first lesson. The names of children who arrive late will be entered into the “late book” and contact made by the school to ascertain support which could be given to individual families or pupils.

Parents and carers are no longer permitted to take holiday leave during school term time. Any leave taken in this circumstance will not be authorised and a Penalty Notice may be issued. The L.A. request details of any pupil with less than average attendance, and the school refer these matters to the Education Welfare team for further action.

 

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More Information

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the school attendance leaflet

School Attendance Information for Parents Leaflet

 

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