Regular attendance is absolutely vital to a child’s progress, and it is a parent’s lawful duty to ensure that their child attends school therefore it is assumed that absence will normally only be for ill health.
If your child is absent, Parents / Carers are asked to telephone school on the first morning of absence, before 9.15am, and send a brief note of explanation to the teacher concerned when your child returns to school.
The school operates a ‘First Day Call’ system whereby if we haven’t heard about a particular child’s absence we will contact the parents concerned. Parents can complete the form below to report their child absent from school or contact the school office on 0208 856 1346
Apart from illness, all other reasons for absence must be notified in advance.
Although Head Teachers are authorised to grant leave of absence this is only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and for a maximum of ten school days in an academic year.
Requests for leave MUST be made at least 3 weeks before the proposed absence.
The Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) will scrutinise all absences on a regular basis.
The law states that it is the school which makes the decision as to whether the reason given can be authorised. Authorisation for absence cannot be given for the following:
Visiting relatives or relatives visiting
Oversleeping and therefore taking off the whole morning or day
If it is necessary for your child to visit a doctor or dentist during school time a note of explanation is required. If for any reason you need to take your child out of school during school time it is vital you inform their class teacher and the office staff.
The school has good partnerships with parents and carers and the work of the family support worker is central to engaging all families. A wide programme of coffee mornings and workshops for numeracy and literacy and managing behaviour is well attended and appreciated by parents and carers.
The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They enjoy exceptionally good relationships across all cultures, having many opportunities to find out about other communities across the world. Parents, carers and pupils are all extremely positive about safety in the school and pupils’ active involvement in the safety of their environment ensures the pupils have an excellent understanding of risk.
Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to school are outstanding and pupils thoroughly enjoy school and learning in the extremely calm, harmonious and safe environment.