Attendance at school is really important for children to succeed. Learning at school is built on previous learning and if a child misses any more lessons than absolutely necessary, he or she is at a significant disadvantage. But the problems can become deeper than just catching up on a bit of missed work. We have seen how children can begin to really lose confidence that they are brilliant learners because they might not know something others in the class do and that can mean he or she falls further behind. Just taking a day here or there might not seem much, but it all adds up;
If your child misses 3.5 days of school each half term regularly over their school life (from 5-15 years) they will miss in total 4 terms of education.
That is almost 1.5 years in total.
The same absence occurs if your child is 30 minutes late once each week!
We completely understand that sometimes there might be exceptional circumstances or problems and if you need some help or support - please contact us and we will do everything we can to help and keep attendance in school as high as possible.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD WON'T BE IN SCHOOL OR IF HE OR SHE WILL BE LATE;
Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be either be absent from school or will be late. There is an option on the call menu to leave a voice message or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we do not hear from you and your child is either late or not in school we will contact you to check everything is okay and if you need any help - but, please try and beat us to it.
Of course, currently we are working with quite a delicate balance in order to try and keep everyone safe from Covid. We ask that you do not send your child to school if they have a new and persistent cough, a temperature or if there is a change or loss to their sense of taste or smell. In these circumstances, we also strongly advise you book a PCR test. in all other cases of illness, please see The Guidance on Infection Control in Schools document from Public Health England for further information and details of the recommended period of time for Children to be kept away from school when unwell.