Parents are reminded of the legal obligation to ensure that their children attend school and that they are on time. We maintain careful records of punctuality and attendance, as required by the Department for Education. If children are absent from school because of illness, a visit to the doctor or dentist, or for any other reason, you are requested to telephone the school before 9.30am on the first day of absence, if this is not done the office will contact you.
"Attend today, achieve tomorrow".
Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success. Excellent attendance also teaches children the importance of turning up, the values of dedication and commitment to something and teaches them that they matter.
Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.
Why is it so important to attend every day?
- Learning is a progressive activity; each day’s lessons build upon those of the previous day(s).
- Reading the material and completing work independently does not compensate for direct interaction with the teacher.
- Many classes use discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities, and these cannot be made up by those who are absent.
Are there other benefits to my child?
- Pupils with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
- Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.
- Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behaviour.
What are the risks of frequent absences?
- A child who does not attend school regularly will be unlikely to keep up with the work. They might miss chunks of learning which result in gaps.
- The more pupils miss school, the lower their grades; the lower their grades, the less they want to stay in school.
What can parents do to help?
- Parents must model the value of education, including the importance of regular attendance.
- Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrive on time-you will establish a good habit that they will carry through life.
- If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact school immediately. If you ask for home learning, make sure your child completes it.
- Do not expect school to approve of shopping trips, birthday treats etc. during school hours. We would be grateful if you arrange family holidays so that your child will not miss any learning.
- Take an interest in your child’s school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.