At Burlais Primary School we value the importance of regular attendance at school and we strive to have the highest attendance possible. High attendance (98% +) is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable children to fully develop their learning potential.
The attendance patterns for all children are monitored on a daily basis, with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. When a child’s attendance drops below an acceptable level parents will receive a letter and be invited into school for a meeting.
Research has shown that poor attendance can seriously affect each child's:-
➢ attainment in school
➢ progress in school
➢ attitude towards learning
➢ relationships with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships
➢ confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others
➢ long-term life chances
Each child’s attendance can be summarised as:
➢ 98%+ = Excellent – Well done! This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. This will give them a good start in life and supports a positive work ethic.
➢ 95% = Average – Well done, strive to build on this.
➢ 93% = Poor – Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Please work with the school urgently to improve the situation.
➢ 90% = Unacceptable – Absence is causing SERIOUS CONCERN. It is affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting your child’s learning. We will work with you and the Education Welfare Officer [EWO] to improve your child’s attendance.
It is very important that children are on time every day for school. At 8:50 our children go into class and start their lessons straight away. If children are not coming into school until 9:00 they will have already missed 10 minutes of learning time. Over a week this will equate to missing 50 minutes and over a month they will miss 3 hours 20 minutes which equals half a day in school!
Please ensure your children, for their benefit, are in school and on time every day.
Illness and Medical Appointments
If your child is unwell and can’t attend school then please contact the School Office by 9:00am to inform us. A letter of explanation will be required upon your child's return to school. As part of our Safeguarding Procedures, our attendance officer will endeavour to contact the parent or carer and other emergency contacts if no message has been received regarding the reason for the absence to check on the safety of the child. This may be via text or telephone call.
We respectfully request the following procedures are followed when making appointments:
a) Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside school hours.
b) An appointment card or verification by the doctors/dentist/hospital is required.
c) If it is necessary for a child to be out of school for this reason, the child should be returned to school directly after the appointment.
d) If your child is absent due to vomiting and diarrhoea then they should not return to school for the next 24/48 hours. The 24/48 hour period starts from the last time that the child is ill. This is to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to other children and adults within the school.
UNCRC Article 28: " You have the right to a good quality education"