Good Attendance and Punctuality is vital if children are to have the best access to education. Lateness often results in pupils missing instructions and can leave with feelings of embarrassment when they join class after their peers.
Missing school is necessary when children are ill and staff will guide families as to the length of absence advised. This information comes from the Health Protection agency guidelines.
Absence from school can only be authorised by school for exceptional reasons. Holidays and trips abroad are not exceptional and should be planned for during school holiday periods. Permissions to take a child out of school must be sought before planning the leave and unauthorised leave may incur a fine from the Local Authority through the Penalty Notice system.
School endeavours to reward good attendance and punctuality with individual awards for children who achieve 98%+ attendance each term and a special termly award for 100% attenders. Children are also given a special certificate and a prize if they have 100% attendance at the end of the year with 100% punctuality. A dojo point is awarded each day to each child who attends school and is on time. Children who are late to school will be asked to catch up on learning in their break times.
Our attendance policy outlines the school's procedures and has been devised with guidance from Lancashire County Council's Attendance team. As part of our safeguarding practice, we will contact a parent on each day that a child is absent from school without a reason being supplied. If your child is ill then please leave a message before the start of the school day on the answer machine. If your child does not attend school without a reason and we cannot reach you then the Local Authority will be informed through the "Children Missing Education" procedures.
The policy for attendance can be found on the "Key Information" tab under "Policies".