Every minute, of every hour, of every day counts!
Our attendance target is 96%
At Roseberry Primary we are working hard to ensure children access a high quality education.
Do not let your child miss out by poor attendance and lateness.
It is essential that your child attends school on time every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.
Your child’s years at primary school are the most important time to begin their learning. It is therefore important to understand that when your children has a place, we expect them to attend every day.
Being absent or late can seriously:
- Stop pupils’ progress and create gaps in their learning; every day absent from school is a day of lost learning.
- Affect your child’s friendships: it is harder for them to socialise and be part of a team.
- Embarrass your child if they are late and they have to walk into an already settled classroom and have to catch up.
- Cause bad habits which are hard to break- we can cope with minor illnesses like coughs and colds and if ever there was a problem, we would contact you as soon as possible.
If your child is absent from school you must:
- Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence and inform us of the reason for the absence.
- Provide us with appointment card/appointment letter if taking your child out of school for a medical appointment; your child should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.
- Provide school with medical evidence of any absence lasting for more than 5 consecutive days (i.e. a medical note, medical appointment card, medicine bottle).
- Provide the school with medical evidence for all illness absences if your child has already had 5 different occasions in the school year when they have been absent to illness or when attendance falls below 90%- you will be notified if your child reaches this level.
If your child is absent from school we will:
- Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you.
- Write to you to inform you of our concerns regarding your child’s attendance if your child has 5 or more days absence.
- Write to you again to inform you of our concerns regarding your child’s attendance if your child’s absence continues to fall below 95%.
- Invite you to a Support Panel meeting should your child’s attendance continue to fall after the previous letters have been sent.
- If still no improvement, we will invite you to an Attendance Panel meeting should your child’s attendance continue to fall after the previous letters and meeting.
- Refer your child to the Education Welfare Service if attendance falls below 90% (persistent absenteeism).
This policy below sets out the information we think will help you to explain to your child what is important to their future success and how, with your support, attending school regularly will help them to achieve their full potential.
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