Attendance

Rationale

Regular and punctual attendance is encouraged so that children gain fully from all the educational opportunities available to them at Longwell Green School. Once a pattern of good attendance is made it should stay with them throughout their school life and beyond. See a complete copy of the Attendance Policy and related documents here.

Practice

  1. School Policy is based on guidance from the Department of Education. Schools cannot authorise holidays in term time. The Headteacher can authorise absence for ‘exceptional circumstances’ only; in authorising absence the Headteacher will look at the request on a case by case basis. All absences from school are disruptive and children can miss important stages of the teaching programme. Any requests for absence for a family holiday may be made using a form obtained at the office or from the parents download section of this website.
  2. Sickness – the office should be contacted when a child is first unwell (preferably between 8.30am and 9.30 am). If school is not informed by 9.30 the office will telephone parents to ask for the reason for the absence.
  3. Medical Appointments – routine medical/dental appointments should be made after school or during holidays whenever possible. The school monitors attendance each term; the Headteacher and Education Welfare Officer regularly monitors children whose attendance falls below 93%.The school will work with parents to ensure attendance matters are addressed.
  4. Punctuality – the school registers close at 9.00. If a child is persistently late the Headteacher will be notified who will then discuss any problems with the parent. Our school Education Welfare Officer can also support the family where help is needed.