School Absence & Health

SCHOOL ABSENCE

Please telephone the school by 9.15am on the day your child is absent from school. This not only helps us to maintain the attendance registers correctly but also helps us safeguard children who come to school without an adult. If we are not contacted about an absent child, we will phone home to check for safety reasons.

Please note that the school and County Attendance Improvement Officer have a statutory duty to follow up frequent absences or persistent lateness that may affect a child’s educational progress.

CHILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY

We assume full responsibility for pupils when the school is in progress. If your child needs to leave the premises during school hours for an appointment then they should be collected from the office and returned there afterwards. All pupils must be signed out and in to the school. It would also be helpful if all appointment times are given to the school in advance.

In order that we may contact you in the event of your child feeling unwell whilst at school, we would ask you to assist us by keeping your contact details up to date with us. We will send a data checking sheet home at the start of the academic year to let you know what information is held by the school.

CHILDREN WALKING HOME UNACCOMPANIED

We allow our Year 6 children to walk home alone in preparation for secondary school. However, for other year groups we would ask for a letter of consent to be provided by parents

TERM TIME HOLIDAYS

All schools are under increasingly strict guidelines from the government to reduce the number of term time holidays that are authorised. There are very few circumstances when these absences can be authorised. However, if you feel you need to request authorisation for a holiday or absence under exceptional circumstances, a form is available from the office or click here. Requests for absence will usually require a meeting with the Headteacher and supporting evidence.

ABSENCE RATES OF OUR CHILDREN  – SCHOOL PUBLISHED FIGURES TO END OF MAY 2016

2015-16 ATTENDANCE – 96.5%

AUTHORISED ABSENCE – 3.2%

UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE – 0.3%

HEALTH

Periodic checks are made of pupils’ sight and hearing by the local Health Authority. Parents are invited to be present at medical examinations. A school Nurse makes regular visits to the school.

ILLNESS IN SCHOOL

Although we do the best we can, there is not an ideal place for the children to rest in school. In cases where we suspect illness, parents are contacted by telephone. If your child has a serious or recurring medical problem, we should be informed about it and appropriate action to take in case of an attack. It is particularly important that we are told about infectious diseases such as Chicken Pox, German measles and Slap cheek, as we will need to inform all parents.
A ‘bump note’ will be sent home with your child if they have received a minor injury at school which required treatment. If there is an injury that we feel requires immediate or urgent attention we will continue to phone parents as we have done in the past. However, we feel that these notes provide an easy way to send injury information home, especially important for any bumps to children’s heads.

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