Attendance

If your child is too unwell to come to school  please contact us as soon as possible using the following contact phone numbers:

Lynchet Close – 01273 542050

Dyke Road – 01273 327389

We will need to ask you a few questions and the reason for absence will be logged. 

Please also let us know about any other reasons for absence for example medical or dental appointments as soon as they are arranged. 

We would also like to remind you of our rules regarding attendance and punctuality.  Regular and punctual school attendance is of paramount importance in ensuring that all children have full access to the curriculum – valuable learning time is lost when children are absent or late.

Our PRU pupils  should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.  Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by the parent.

We realise that some children are sometimes reluctant to attend school.  Any problems with regular attendance are best sorted out between the PRU, the parents and the child.  If a child is reluctant to attend, it is never better to cover up their absence or to give in to pressure to excuse them from attending; this gives the impression that attendance does not matter and may make things worse.

Every half-day absence has to be classified by the PRU, not parents or carers, as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED.  This is why information about the cause of each absence is always required, preferably in writing.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a reason such as genuine illness of the pupil or unavoidable cause.

Unauthorised absences are those which the PRU does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave” has been given.  This includes:  

Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily

Truancy before or during the school day

Absences which have never been properly explained

Children who arrive at school too late to get a present mark