All parents/carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their child regularly attends school. When a child attends school on a regular basis, they take an important step towards reaching their full potential, and are given the greatest opportunity to learn new things and develop their skills. Children who miss school can frequently fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. The more time a child spends around other children, whether in the classroom or as part of a school team or club, the more chance they have of making friends and feeling included, boosting social skills, confidence and self-esteem.
What the Research Shows…
Research shows that there is a link between a child’s regular attendance at school and how well they perform academically. This graph shows that in general, pupils with higher absence rates are less likely to achieve the CSI* at the end of Year 6.
*CSI = Core Subject Indicator = Level 4 or above in English, Maths & Science
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- 5 minutes late every day = 3 days lost per year
- 10 minutes late every day = 6 days lost per year
- 15 minutes late every day = 10 days lost per year
- 20 minutes late every day = 13 days lost per year
- 30 minutes late every day = 19 days lost per year
Attendance Frequently Asked Questions
If your child is too ill to come into school, please phone the school on (01633) 259 563 and let us know. If there is no answer, please leave a message on our answer-phone stating: your child’s name, class and the reason for their absence. If we have not heard from you, you may receive a text reminder asking why your child is not in school. We apologise if you receive a text and you’ve already let us know that your child is absent – we may not have picked up your message before the text is sent.
Parents will receive their child’s attendance percentage via email at the end of every half-term and a full attendance report at the end of every year.
If we become concerned about your child’s attendance, we may request that you come into school to discuss periods of absence.
Newport Local Authority has an Education Welfare Service, who are responsible for investigating any long periods of absence, or regular periods of unauthorised absence. Mr Ryan, the Educational Welfare Officer, regularly visits the school to check our registers and will highlight any pupils with whom he has any concerns about. Initially, he may contact parents of these children to enquire about the periods of absence. If there appears to be no genuine reason for regular periods of absence and the child’s attendance does not improve, the Educational Welfare Service will seek to prosecute the child’s parents.
Holidays should be taken outside of term time. We cannot authorise absence for a holiday taken during school term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. An example of an exceptional circumstance would be where a parent is in the Armed Forces and posted overseas during the school holiday periods therefore, preventing the family from having a holiday outside of school time.
Where there is an exceptional circumstance, proof must be provided to the school, only up to 5 days of absence will be authorised if the child’s attendance record over the previous 12 months is greater than 97%.
Parents wishing to take their children out of school during term time for any reason must complete an ‘Absence Notification Form’ and hand it in to the school office. You can collect a blank form from the school office, print a form using the link below or submit a from online by clicking this link – Absence Notification Form.
If pupils have been invited to take part in other educational activities outside of school (eg. music exams, drama performances, sporting events) parents should inform the headteacher in writing, providing details of the event(s) along with proof of the event from the activity provider. The headteacher will then make a decision on whether to authorise the absence or not, depending on the child’s previous record of attendance.