As a school, we can't emphasise enough how important good school attendance is. We know that children who attend school the most; achieve the highest.
It is also important to note that poor attendance can create or increase anxiety in children as they lack routine; feel they are falling behind with work so have the pressure of catching up; and friendship groups may change in their absence.
Poor attendance makes children’s lives harder.
Children should only be absent when they are genuinely too sick to attend school. With most mild illnesses, such as coughs and colds, children can still attend school. Generally, children feel better as the day goes on.
Holidays should not be booked during term time. Children should also not be absent because they are tired or for a birthday.
There are 175 days during which children are not in school to enjoy family time and other magical moments.
Remember, we can't teach an empty chair!
Is my child too ill for school?
If you are unsure whether your child is well enough for school, the NHS has some useful advice which can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/
Our attendance offier, Mrs McLoughlin, and our Learning Mentor, Mrs Hickey, work very hard supporting our children and to help ensure they are in school learning, achieving and having fun. They are easily contacted and keen to work with families to improve attendance and punctuality:
|Mrs McLoughlin||Attendance Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Hickey||Learning Mentoremail@example.com|
Every Minute Counts
Children should be on time each and every day. School opens its doors at 8.45am to allow children time to enter the school and settle before registration at 8.55am. Our School Council spoke to children throughout the school and created the leaflet below to communicate to adults how lateness makes them feel. It is clear that being late makes children unhappy.