Attendance and Requests for leave of absence
The school day starts at 8.50am, the bell rings at 8:40am when children can enter the school and head to their classrooms. School finishes at 3.15pm.
We expect pupils to arrive and to be collected punctually at the start and end of each day.
Every Day Counts! It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.
96.7% is the national average
95% - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance and anything at 97% or above is excellent and of course 100% is what we should all be aiming for.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.
All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance either in writing or by completion of the school leave of absence form which is available below in MS Word and Adobe pdf format. Absence requests are only authorised in exceptional circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a good attendance percentage?
A. 95 - 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance. 95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.
Q. What is poor attendance?
A. Anything below 95% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.
Q. What will happen if my child's attendance falls below 95%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.
Q. Isn't my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The School may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.
Did you know there are 175 non school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc
Q. What is meant by genuine medical reasons to be absent?
A. Diarrhoea, sickness, childhood ailments e.g. measles, chicken pox, extremely high temperatures are genuine illness. Children should not stay home if they have minor coughs, colds, tummy aches and headaches. If your child is too poorly to remain at the school. The school will contact you. Please remember that even absence due to genuine medical reasons still affect a child's attendance.
Q. What should I do if my child is absent?
A. Contact the school on the first day and subsequent days of absence to explain their absence.
REMEMBER EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNTS TOWARDS YOUR CHILD'S SUCCESS