Regular attendance and punctuality are important for good progress in school. Where a child is unable to attend school through illness, parents are asked to inform the school by 10 am on the first day of your child’s absence. This is particularly important for KS2 pupils who may make their own way to school. Our school has an absence messaging facility, which allows you to leave a message explaining why your child is absent form school. On their return to school please provide a written, dated note to explain the cause of absence.
Failure to report your child’s absence will result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer – Mrs M Bruford
Where a child has an appointment at the dentist or hospital, please try to arrange these outside school hours, but if it is unavoidable, please notify the school in advance where possible, either by telephone or sending in a short note. An absence without notification from the parents will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. In the case of long absenteeism due to illness, arrangements can be made to supply work for your child.
Whilst the school recognises that family holidays are much cheaper during term time, all parents are strongly discouraged from taking their pupils away from school during the term time for holidays.
Holidays during term time must be authorised by the Headteacher. Leave of Absence forms are available from the school office.
Research suggests that any absence over 5 % of the school year (10 days) has a negative effect on pupils’ progress. At Coychurch Primary, our attendance has improved steadily in recent years. Our target is to ensure that pupil attendance is consistently above 97%. Notification will be sent to parents each term to inform them of their child’s attendance. From the age of 5, all pupils are required to attend full time school by law. Our registers are monitored every term by the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who may request to see parents to enquire as to the reasons for low attendance or poor punctuality.