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As a parent/carer you are committing an offence if you fail to ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. All students should aim for 100% attendance with 95% as a minimum.
Students arriving late (after 8.30am) will be asked to make up the time later the same day.
Please monitor your child’s planner as attendance and late arrival at school will be recorded on a weekly basis. It is important that parents/carers monitor single days off school, as these days soon add up, 90% attendance (10% absence) over 5 school years is the equivalent of half a year off.
If you are concerned about the above, there are important steps you can take:
• Ensure your child comes to school every day, on time, fully equipped and ready to learn.
• Ensure the school has up to date addresses and contact telephone numbers. We will contact you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that truancy is quickly identified.
• Contact the school on the first day of your child’s absence and each day thereafter. You must also provide an explanatory note on their return to school.
• Ensure that ALL medical appointments are made outside of school time, except in cases of medical emergency.
• Avoid trivial absence such as ‘buying new shoes’ or ‘it is their birthday! ’This would not be accepted as reasonable absence.
• Ensure that holidays are not taken in term time. Any Leave of Absence can only be agreed by the Headteacher and only in exceptional circumstances will be considered. If you are not granted permission, in line with other Bridgwater Schools we will be fining parents who withdraw their children from school during term time.
• Contact your child’s tutor, House Learning Manager or the Interventions Manager if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into school.
• Respond to school letters or phone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.