EVERY DAY COUNTS!
Good attendance and punctuality is essential if pupils are to take full advantage of school and gain the appropriate skills to equip them for life. Research shows that attendance and punctuality are important factors in school success. Absence for whatever reason disadvantages a child by creating gaps in his or her learning. It is also important to ensure that our most vulnerable pupils are given the same opportunities, which may mean extra support in certain cases.
Absence for whatever reason disadvantages a child by creating gaps in his or her learning. It is also important to ensure that our most vulnerable pupils are given the same opportunities, which may mean extra support in certain cases.
The school aims to ensure good attendance and punctuality by operating an attendance policy within which staff, pupils, parent(s)/carer(s), local community and the Attendance and Children out of Schools Team can work in partnership. The school will monitor attendance and punctuality and ensure quick and early intervention if a problem is identified.
Parents can support regular school attendance by:
- Making sure their child leaves for school early enough to arrive at school on time.
- Supporting and encouraging their child by attending parent’s evenings and other events.
- Contacting the school to discuss any concerns regarding their child’s attendance.
- Working in partnership with the school to resolve any issues that are impacting on their child’s attendance.
- Making any medical appointments outside of school hours whenever possible.
- Not taking children out of school for holidays in term time or for other unnecessary reasons.
Persistent Absence and Unauthorised Absence
We take a proactive approach to improving the attendance of individual children. Children who have less than 90% attendance are classed by the Department for Education as being persistently absent. We will communicate concerns about poor attendance to parents and use an escalating approach including letters, meetings in school and/or a referral to the Attendance & Children out of School Team at Cheshire East Council, in order to support parents in improving attendance.