Mrs J Walters - Attendance Officer
School attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent.
Reasons for authorised absences are normally on medical grounds only. There are also days which the authority recognises as religious observance. Parents should inform the school in advance of such occasions by completing a Leave of Absence form, which can be obtained from the school office. Compassionate leave of absence will be considered when discussed with the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher. Shopping trips, haircuts etc will not be taken as reasons for authorised absence.
If there are exceptional circumstances that mean a parent needs to request leave of absence, then they should obtain and complete a Leave of Absence Request Form from the Attendance Officer. A meeting will be arranged with the Headteacher and the child’s parents, to discuss the request. The Headteacher will then decide whether or not the absence will be authorised. This needs to be done prior to parents making any travel arrangements i.e purchasing plane tickets etc. All unauthorised Leave of Absences are referred to the Attendance and Prosecution Service which may result in a Penalty Notice being issued.
We will use the aims below to raise our attendance levels to meet government criteria.
- To create an environment that encourages and promotes regular attendance in school.
- To work with children, parents and outside agencies to create such an environment.
- To adopt clear procedures which are understood by everyone involved in maintaining good attendance at Causeway Green.
- To reward good or improving attendance through competitions certificates and events.
Period: September 2019 to February 2020