Punctuality and attendance are closely monitored and arrangements are being made with the Attendance Welfare Officer for rewards assemblies for improvements in attendance and punctuality. The school clerk/Family Engagement Officer will contact parents on the first day of a child’s absence if there has been no message and the Headteacher monitors those children who are persistently late into school. Parents can also explain absence through the school app.
Regular attendance and punctuality is most important if your child is not to miss out on any aspect of their education. When a child is regularly absent, it can seriously affect their grasp of important aspects of the school’s curriculum and impair their progress in later years. It is not always possible for a class teacher to repeat lessons which have been missed.
The school must be informed on the first day of illness, not on the child’s return to school.
Unexplained absences are recorded as unauthorised. For your information an authorised absence is defined as: -
When a child has been away from school for a legitimate reason and the school has received notification from a parent, guardian or carer. For example, if a child has been unwell, the parent writes a note or telephones the school to explain the absence.
Only the school can make an absence authorised. Parents and carers do not have this authority. Consequently, not all absences supported by parents and carers will be classified as authorised. For example, if a parent takes a child out of school to go shopping during school hours, this will not mean it is an authorised absence.
If your child becomes ill in school we will send for you.
We must have emergency contact numbers for all pupils. Alternative numbers, e.g. grandparents, relatives and neighbours should also be given.
If you change your address or phone number then please let us know.
We also ask, as far as possible, parents avoid arranging dental or medical appointments during school hours.
Parents are asked not to arrange to take pupils on holidays during term time.
Only in exceptional circumstances may schools agree to leave of absence
To comply with The Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013, the school will operate in accordance with the local authority’s Code of Conduct for fixed penalty notices for regular non-attendance at school.
Pupils are required to be present in school by 8:50am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session. The times set aside for teaching during the day from September 2010 are:
School Commences 9:00 am
School ends 3:15 pm
Any Parents who bring their children to school late must report to reception and the late book must be signed by the parent.