WCPS are committed to promoting a culture of high expectation, achievement and excellence. Good attendance is crucial if students are to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and complete a successful journey through their time at our schools and as they move on into higher education or the world of work.
For our Students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and arrive, on time, every day that the School is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable. Any absence affects the pattern of a student’s schooling and regular absence will affect their learning. Any student’s absence or late arrival disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring a student's regular attendance at school is a parent/carer’s legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
We are committed to working with Parents and Carers to maximise the achievement and attendance for all students. There is a clear link between good attendance and punctuality with educational achievement.
Punctuality and Lateness
Students must arrive on time. If a child misses the start of the day, they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. The late arrival of students also disrupts lessons, which can be embarrassing for the student and can also encourage absence. Good time-keeping is a vital life skill which will help our children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world. We will encourage good punctuality by being good role models to our students and by celebrating good class punctuality.
Moving towards September we will be realigning our start and finish times. Further information will be sent out around this in due course however, we will be looking to reverting to a full school start and finish time, moving away from staggered start and finish times.
From September 2013, no holidays have been or will be authorised by the School in term-time. Holidays in term-time will be recorded as unauthorised and will incur a fine, unless the below exceptional circumstances apply:
- Exceptional Circumstances
- Service personnel returning from/scheduled to embark upon a tour of duty abroad.
- Other exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Head of School.
To request a holiday in term-time, parents/carers must meet with the Head of School or another designated Senior Leader to obtain a holiday request form and explain the reasons for taking the holiday.
Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the School, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and will attract a Fixed Penalty Notice. A separate penalty notice will be issued to each parent for each child who has unauthorised absence.