Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life.
Teachers and parents share a common goal when it comes to children. We all want the very best educational opportunities for them, and we want every single one to get the most they can out of the 190 days a year our schools are open for learning.
There are times when children are unable to attend school. We all become poorly from time to time, and there are also hospital appointments and funerals that happen during the school day which cannot be missed.
We are committed to working with our families to ensure that their children can catch up on the learning they miss on the days they are understandably absent from school.
If you're child is unwell and will be absent from school, parents/carers must notify school before 9am on each day of the child's absence. This is done by calling the school office on 01928 249840.
Holidays in Term Time
It is much harder to help children recoup the learning and school experiences lost when they are taken out of school to go on term time holidays. We understand the economic pressures every family now faces, and share the frustration felt by many at having to pay more for breaks within school holiday times.
We recognise that more needs to be done by the government and the travel industry to regulate and reduce these prices but we cannot allow children's education to be put at risk because of high holiday costs.
Taking children out of school for term-time holiday puts their learning at risk. This can be avoided if we work together to ensure that children attend school every day.
We urge all parents and carers to work with us and book family time and breaks away during the 175 days of the year when our schools are not open for learning. This will give every child the same chance to take advantage of the rich educational and social experiences our school provides.
WPAT are in the process of introducing a significant fining system for absence due to holidays. Further information will be issued to parents/carers soon as possible. In the meantime parents/carers will be referred to a meeting with our safeguarding/welfare team if they submit a holiday request during term time.
It is a great start to the day, putting your child in a positive frame of mind to make the most of the day’s learning and activities. Punctuality is linked to good attendance and as we know, good attenders have more opportunities and therefore achieve more!
Also it helps your child make friends (in the playground) which leads to improved self confidence and therefore SUCCESS!
Be aware that doors open for children to enter school at 8.40am, children must be in by 8.50am and doors close at 8.55am.
Any children arriving after 8.55am will access from the school office.
Minutes late = missing days