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ATTENDANCE

Every school day counts

Attendance Matters

DID YOU KNOW THAT IF YOUR CHILD MISSES SCHOOL ON A REGULAR BASIS IT MAY:
Seriously hinder your child’s learning and their ability to do well and achieve their potential
Affect their confidence to attempt new learning and their ability to work  and learn alongside others in general and as a result develop reluctance or indeed refuse to attend school
Disrupt your child’s routines and make them feel vulnerable on their return to school
Cause disruption to teaching routines (if teachers need to revisit previous learning) and as a result affect the learning of other children in your child’s class
Affect their ability to make and sustain friendship groups. Children who are regularly absent from school often feel excluded from play-time games and activities and feel they have little in common with their peers
Lead to your child becoming disillusioned with school and education school as they get older
Lead to you, as the parent / carer, being called in to school to discuss the situation as well as face legal and financial consequences.  Please remember that you have a legal duty to ensure your child attends school on a regular basis
If you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child to school on a daily basis it is important that you tell us. Come to the school office and ask for the Attendance Officer or the Home-School Support Workers.

We will always try to help.


LATENESS FACTS
Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning lost and can obviously disadvantage your child.

Medical appointments:


Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside of school hours.  If it is necessary for your child to be out of school for this reason, then the amount of time should be minimal and medical proof should be provided. So that your child doesn’t miss out on their learning, we suggest that they attend school either before or after their appointment if appropriate.  

Illness:
We are aware that illness can happen and that children might need time to recover. The school office should be informed before 8.30am on the first day of your child’s absence due to illness and then each morning (before 8.30am) until they return back to school.  
For children whose attendance becomes of concern because of the amount of illness/medical appointments etc, then school will write advising the Parents/Carers that the Head Teacher will no longer authorise any such absences unless supported by medical evidence.  

Holidays and leaves of absence:


Holidays or other reasons for leave of absences in term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents are asked to complete a leave of absence form to inform school that they wish to take their child out of school during time.

 

Unauthorised absences:


If your child has multiple unauthorised absence, then a referral will be made to the Education Investigation Service could be made which might result in a fine. If you have any concerns or questions about attendance, please feel free to talk to Miss J Whelan or Mrs K Sheehan.