Absence and Sickness

Sickness

The school office should be notified on the first day of each absence before registration at 9.00am and this should be followed up in writing on the day of return. If your child has been vomiting or had an upset stomach a 48 hour leave of absence from last episode is required. For guidance on other illnesses please contact the School Office or refer to the document on the website “Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings”.

Lateness

If a child is late please report to the school office.

Persistent Absenteeism (PA)

A pupil becomes a ‘persistent absentee’ when they miss 10% or more schooling across the school year for whatever reason.

Absence at this level is doing considerable damage to any child’s educational prospects and we need parent’s fullest support and co-operation to tackle this. We monitor all absence thoroughly. Any case that is seen to have reached the PA mark or is at risk of moving towards that mark is given priority and parents will be informed of this immediately.

PA pupils are tracked and monitored carefully we also combine this with academic tracking where absence affects attainment. All our PA pupils and their parents are subject to an Action Plan. We may also use circle time, individual incentive programs, individual targets and participation in group activities around raising attendance.