Improving attendance is a major target at our school. The school and governing body endeavour to work closely with parents on all matters regarding attendance.
We expect all children on roll to attend school everyday, when the school is open, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We believe the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. To achieve this we strive to make our school a happy place to be where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to achieve the best they can.
Parents have a legal duty under The Education Act 1996 Section 7 in relation to the education of their children.
The law in respect to pupil attendance is summarised DFES Guidance Circular 11/99:
“All children of compulsory age (5-16) should receive suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. If a child is registered at school, parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring their child attends regularly”
The failure of parents to ensure regular attendance at school is a criminal offence punishable in law by the imposition of a discharge, financial penalty, parenting order and/or a period of imprisonment.
Parents have the responsibility of informing the school about significant influences and changes in the child’s life which may impact on learning.