Good attendance to school is a necessity, not only to enable progress to be made towards targets, not just academic targets, but because you, as parents, have a legal obligation to ensure your child attends school regularly.
We do understand that this is not always that simple and we would like to help. Every Monday, there will be an ‘Attendance Surgery’ held in school between 4.00pm and 6.00pm. No appointment necessary; just come along and have a chat to someone who understands and is here to help.
We look forward to being able to support you during a potentially tough time as a parent.
The Department for Education (2012) are clear on the rules and reasons of pupils attending school.
Regular attendance at school is crucial in raising standards of education and in ensuring every child can meet their full potential. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
The Government expects:
Schools and local authorities must – reduce absence including persistent absence; – ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and act early to address patterns of absence.
Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend early; and all pupils to be punctual to their lessons and attend school regularly.