We expect children to attend school regularly and to be on time. We believe good attendance contributes directly to the standards the children achieve, as does punctuality. In keeping with national policy, we strong discourage any absence for holidays during term time and are unable to authorise it. Parents are asked to consider very carefully the implications for their own child and others before making a decision to remove their child from the education that is provided in school in term time. Children should only be removed in exceptional circumstances. Legislation that became law on 1st September 2013 states that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Applications for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances must be made in advance, please speak to the school office who will provide you with the necessary form.
The following points should be considered:
Each week there will be a prize draw. Each child who has over 98% attendance FOR THAT WEEK will be entered and have the chance to win a prize. There will be one prize-winner from the Juniors and one for the Infants.
It is important that you aim to bring your child to school in good time to enter via the school gate in the morning. Once the gate has closed you must come in via the school office and sign in the late book. Persistent lateness can add up to hours of missed education. Being late also means your child misses registration and vital instructions that are given at the start of the school day.
You must provide the school with at least 2 emergency contacts for your child. If a child is ill or unable to attend school it is essential that parents notify us as early as possible on the first day of absence.
It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure that a child attends school and to inform the school of the reason for absence before 9.00am daily. Please do not wait for us to contact you.
Where a child’s attendance falls below 92% we will be unable to authorise absence on the grounds of illness without supporting evidence (copy of prescription, attendance card from Doctors etc.). We reserve the right to enter sickness as unauthorised.
If your child has a medical appointment please complete a pink appointment form prior to the appointment date. Forms are available from the school office.
Children who have a sickness or diarrhoea bug must then remain at home for 48 hours after the last episode in order to prevent transmission to others. These bugs spread rapidly in a school environment. (This changes to 24 hours if sick for other reasons) If a child is sick in school, we will ring you in order to collect them. If a child is hurt and we are concerned, we will also ring to advise you and agree further action if appropriate.
We are unable to administer non-prescribed medication or pain killers in school unless this has been specifically agreed by the Headteacher. We are also unable to apply suncream or administer Calpol. Parents should apply suncream to the children before coming to school. Parents may come to school during the day to administer Calpol and other adhoc medicines if required. We do, actively support children who have the need for life supporting medication, such as inhalers and epi-pens. To enable us to react instantly to your child’s condition, inhalers and epi-pens are stored in a red medical rucksack hanging on or very near the door in your child’s classroom.
This rucksack will be taken on all class/school trips, into the hall and the playground for outdoor PE and fire drills. If your child is prescribed with an inhaler or epi-pen, then please contact the school office for a Medication Form or if you have any further queries. It remains the parents responsibility to ensure medication is within date. All medication MUST be handed to Miss Eglesfield in the School Office and NOT to the class teacher.