Attendance

 
 
 
 
 

Regular attendance and punctuality is essential if a child is to make maximum progress in their education. We need your help to improve the attendance in our school! Whilst attendance and punctuality have improved lately, we remain below the national average.

We are legally obliged to maintain records of absence. In order to keep our records up to date, on the first day of absence, or before if it is appropriate, we expect parents/carers to inform school as to the reasons for absence using one of the following methods:

  • Telephone school on 01702 719746 before 10am
  • Speak to Miss Walton to explain personally

Our school operates a first day response to absence and will make telephone contact with parents on the first day of absence, unless parents have been in contact beforehand. On return to school, pupils should bring a signed note/letter detailing the illness and action taken.

Family holidays in school time

Any absence from school needs to be avoided wherever possible as it can have a serious effect on a young child's education and development. No term time holidays will be authorised.

During our Section 8 Ofsted inspection (February 2015), we were advised to strongly consider using fixed term penalties for persistent absence. Research has shown pupils who have 17 or more days absence from school during just one academic year can fall behind as much as one National Curriculum level. Missing 5 days means your child will lose 25 hours of learning which equates to…

  • 5 hours of maths
  • 5 hours of English
  • 10 hours of other lessons e.g. science, history, computing
  • 6 hours of social time

2 weeks holiday = 50 hours learning and 2 weeks holiday and 1 weeks illness = 75 hours learning!

Punctuality

  • 8.40am Pupils come into school
  • 8.45am Registration begins
  • 8.50am Registration closes
    pupils arriving after this time are late and must report to the office
  • 8.55am Morning session begins
  • 3.30pm School day ends

Should you require any assistance or advice regarding attendance, Miss Walton is available in the anchor room on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm. Miss Walton can also be contacted by telephone and email:

Telephone: 01702 719746
Email: pupilservices@darlinghurst.co.uk