It is vital that children and young people return to school for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. School attendance is mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. This means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly.
If you have concerns about your child attending school because you consider they may have other risk factors, please contact us to discuss this.
Self-isolation and shielding
A small number of children and young people may be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they:
- are self-isolating
- have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves
- are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
If your child is unable to attend school for these reasons, please inform school as a matter of urgency to take appropriate action and organise to provide for remote education.
Absence from School
Before completing a request for absence form for your children, we urge you to consider the following:
During the Pandemic we have all experienced changes, some of which are extraordinary.
As a society we have not had restrictions placed upon us in the same way as we are experiencing during these times.
The staff and governors are concerned to provide all children with the highest quality education to prepare them for life and give them the maximum opportunities that can be gained from being in school.
This can only happen if children attend school on a regular basis for the whole school year.
Please ask your child’s class teacher for advice about their progress prior to making the absence application.
We have done some calculations to illustrate the long-term effect that absence could have on their education.
From the age of Reception to Year 6 children should attend school for a total of 1330 days.
If they miss 10 days per year for each of the 7 years, they miss a total of 70 school days
In reality therefore they miss 5.26% of their education in Primary School.
They miss the equivalent of more than 2/3rds. of a school year out of their 7 years in school
If they miss 20 days per year for each of the 7 years, they miss a total of 140 school days
In reality therefore they miss 10.52% of their education in Primary School.
They miss the equivalent of 1 1/3rd years of their 7 years in school
Research shows that absence has a detrimental effect on educational outcomes. It has proved that Persistent Absence at Secondary level can reduce GCSE results by two whole grades. This obviously impacts on life chances to reach full potential and restricts the possibilities available to youngsters when they leave full time education.
We would ask that you give this careful consideration and support us in trying to give your child every chance of achieving their full potential as a result of their primary education.
We have introduced the following procedures to help monitor and reduce absence
In any school year:
2 days unauthorised absence will be noted against absence record
5 days unauthorised absence will result in a phone conversation
10 days unauthorised absence will result in a letter home and meeting with the Headteacher
and the Local Authority will be informed they have the option of legal action