We continue to work to improve our whole school attendance, we can only do this with your help!
Our current school attendance for this year is;
WHY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS SO IMPORTANT
If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school it is essential that they attend school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.
Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.
Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:
To make new friends.
To experience new things in life.
To develop awareness of other cultures, religion, ethnicity and gender differences.
To gain qualifications.
To develop new skills.
To build confidence and self-esteem.
To have the best possible start in life.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP
Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.
Take family holidays outside term time.
Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work.
Attend parent evenings and school events.
Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.
For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.
FIRST DAY CONTACT
This is crucial in our efforts to raise the attendance profile of our school. A ‘First Day of Absence’ system is operated to communicate quickly and effectively with parents and carers. School staff make contact with home on a daily basis either by phone or home visits. In cases where parents have no contact telephone number, school communicates with home by letter to establish contact and collect the required information. All contact with home is recorded and monitored by class teachers and the Leadership Team.
TERM TIME HOLIDAYS
You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Any child or young person who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and will fall behind with their school work. In each Academic Year there are only a maximum of 190 statutory school days – this allows plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time. We would like to remind all parents that if you are taking your child out of school during term time, that you must complete an Absence Request Form. These can be found on the BMBC Council website, our school website or collected from the School Office.
If you take your child on holiday in term-time without the school's consent, you'll receive a fixed penalty notice of £60 for each child. If you don't pay this within 21 days, it will be increased to £120. You'll need to pay the increased fine within 28 days or court action can be taken against you.