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Absence Procedures

If your child is poorly please ring school before 9am to let us know they are going to be absent.

 

If we have not heard from you by 9am, a member of the pastoral team will make contact to check whether everything is OK.

 

The pastoral team and/or education welfare service will also make a home visit if we cannot make contact. They may also make a visit if we are concerned about your child’s absence. This is a supportive visit to see if we can help to improve your child’s attendance. 

 

Recent safeguarding cases have highlighted the need for robust first day calling procedures. In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils we may contact the police if we have exhausted all of our means of making contact with families.

 

You can speak to the pastoral team at any time. Please catch them on the gate, call into school or give us a telephone call if you would like to talk to any of them.

 

To help you keep track of your child’s attendance we will send out colour coded attendance letters each half-term.

 

In cases of low absence we may invite you into school for a ‘school attendance panel’. Again this is a supportive meeting to discuss your child’s attendance and offer any support needed.

 

If attendance does not improve after taking these measures you are likely to be referred to the local authority and an LA attendance panel will take place.

The consequence of continued poor attendance could result in legal action being taken with fines of upto £2,500.

Illness

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they're unwell. The NHS website provides detailed information about this and we have also provided some information on our school website.

Please call school before 9am if your child is too ill to come to school. If they are well enough to come in but have an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let a member of the pastoral team know when you drop them off. Similarly please let us know if they have been feeling unwell at home. The school staff will then keep an eye on them and contact you if they need to go home.

Illness

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they're unwell. The NHS website provides detailed information about this and we have also provided some information on our school website.

Please call school before 9am if your child is too ill to come to school. If they are well enough to come in but have an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let a member of the pastoral team know when you drop them off. Similarly please let us know if they have been feeling unwell at home. The school staff will then keep an eye on them and contact you if they need to go home.

Medical Appointments

Please try to arrange non-urgent appointments with the doctor, dentist or optician outside of school hours. If your child does have an appointment within school hours, please provide a copy of the appointment card or letter. Children should not miss the whole school day for appointments. If children are brought into school before and after their appointment they will receive their school mark for the whole day.