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URGENT Letter from Mr. Macaulay

Attendance & Punctuality

Dear Parent / Carer,


I am writing regarding the importance of attendance and punctuality at school. Our current school attendance figure to date is 97.2%, which is above the national average of 96%, however we have a number of children who fall below this figure. The Department for Education definition of ‘Persistent absence’ is when a pupil enrolment’s overall absence equates to 10 per cent or more of their possible sessions. Whenever a pupil is going to be absent for a session or full day, parents must inform the school with the reason and this may be followed up with a request for a medical note to confirm the reason for absence. I fully understand that at certain points throughout the year children may pick up bugs, which may result in absence, and public health guidelines do state that children should be kept off school for 48 hours after the last period of vomiting or diarrhoea. If your child is feeling tired or a bit ‘run down’, this is entirely normal particularly towards the end of a long term. I ask that you send your child into school and staff will monitor their condition throughout the day. If we feel that they are too ill to remain in school, we will contact you.


In addition to attendance, punctuality is vitally important as children are given a task to do as soon as they come into class. If a child is late by just 5 minutes every day throughout Autumn term, this equates to around 6 hours or one whole school day missed! I appreciate that the parking situation around school can be problematic at times so, to help in this matter, the following procedures will be brought in with immediate effect:

8.40am – Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 cloakroom doors will be opened and a member of staff will be present for you to hand over your child. This means there will be no more lining up on the yard. If you need to pass a message on to the class teacher, the member of staff on the door will make a note and pass your message on to the relevant teacher.

8.45am – Official start of the school day (Reception to Year 6).

8.50am – Doors will close. Children must come through main school reception after this time.


Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. As a school, we constantly strive to ensure that we can deliver the best education for your child in order for them to fulfil their potential and attendance and punctuality are key factors in your child’s success.


Yours sincerely,


Mr M. Macaulay