Promoting good attendance
As a school we have a legal and moral duty to promote good attendance for our children. It is our expectation that you ensure your child attends school every day. Children with good attendance flourish socially, emotionally and academically. Each day really does impact on your child’s progress and attainment so it is very important indeed that we work in partnership to ensure attendance is maximised.
If you have any concerns about your child's enthusiasm for school, their health, friendships or learning support, please contact us without delay. We often find that a joint approach can be supportive and beneficial for children and parents. As well as school staff, we can also look for support from our partners in the school nursing service, locality team and other professionals.
The letter to parents at the bottom of this page details how the school classifies different levels of attendance and the intervention strategies we will implement to challenge and support attendance.
Illness and medical reasons for absence
We understand that children get ill and hope that we can support you with this. Our medical and illness section of our website highlights what actions parents should take if their child is unwell and what support the school can offer.
The school can only authorise absences for:
- Medical appointments
- Explained illnesses
- Appropriate Religious Festivals
- Authorised educational activity off site (taster day at a secondary school, music exams etc).
- Absence due to exceptional circumstances (compassionate leave, parent home from armed services leave etc).
The school cannot authorise leave for requested holidays. This is regardless of the cost of holidays, bookings by other family members (grandparents etc) or extended family celebrations (family wedding etc).
Unauthorised absences may result in Education Penalty Notice fines being applied or further legal action being undertaken by the Educational Social Welfare Officers from Wirral Council.
Punctuality is also equally as important. This is monitored daily by the administration staff.
Reporting to Parents
We ensure that all families receive reports on their child's attendance at parents' evenings, in their annual reports and whenever attendance becomes a concern. Parents can also request an absence report at any time by contacting the school office in writing.