As a school we aim to:

  • Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 95%
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance
  • Promote and reward positive attendance

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between underachievement and poor attendance
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders have an easier transfer to secondary school

As a parent you can help us by:

  • Ensuring that your child arrives at the school between 8.45 and 8.55. If a child arrives after 9.30am it will be recorded as a morning session absence. Late arrivals can be disruptive to the class and embarrassing for the child.
  • Ringing on the first morning of all absences with the reason and when you think your child will return
  • Arranging dental/ doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school holidays
  • Sending in a note explaining the reason for absence on your child’s return
  • Keeping us updated by telephone/ letter if your child has an extended period of illness

At Shaftesbury Park, we will:

  • Begin our learning immediately in the morning; latecomers may miss this vital opportunity
  • Follow up unexplained absences by phone calls as soon as possible
  • Remind parents and children of the importance of regular attendance and good punctuality
  • Acknowledge and reward good attendance in the school, for example with our star badges, and rewarding classes with the best attendance of the previous week
  • Publish your child’s attendance rate on her/his annual report and let you know at the mid point of the year what your child’s attendance is.
  • Let you know if we have concerns regarding your child’s attendance/ punctuality
  • Refer any concerns to the Education Welfare Officer, Ms Biddy Macintyre who visits the school regularly to review and support attendance matters.

Authorised absences:

Some absences are allowed by law and are known as ‘authorised absences’. For example if a child is ill, a family bereavement or religious observance. We realise that there are rare occasions where there may be a particular problem that causes your child to be absent. Please let us know if this is the case.

Unauthorised absences:

If there are times when a child is absent for reasons not permitted by law, these are ‘unauthorised absences’. Examples of unauthorised absences are:

  • Unapproved holidays
  • Because it is your child’s birthday
  • Sleeping in after a late night.
  • Arriving after the registers have closed at 9.30am.

Where there is no explanation for the absence or where the explanation or reason for absence is considered unsatisfactory, this will also be unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absences are reported to the Education Welfare Officer/ Local Authority, who may consider taking legal action against you.

Term time leave of absence

We are always concerned about the amount of school time that pupils miss as a result of family holidays. There is no entitlement to time off during term time. Leave of absence is only allowed at the discretion of the Headteacher under exceptional circumstances, and this will only be granted if punctuality and attendance are above 95%. Any request for leave and subsequent absence that is not authorised will be regarded as truancy and will be reported to the EWO. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence, please do so well in advance, discussing your situation with Mrs Richards. Our EWO may issue fines for holidays taken during term time.

Please remember that the more time your child misses from school, the more difficult it is for them to catch up with their work. Valuable learning time is lost.

We appreciate your support in working with us to ensure the best possible progress and achievement for your child.