Regular school attendance – why it’s so important
Going to school regularly is important to your child’s future.
Good attendance shows potential employers that your child is reliable. Research suggests that children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime or become a victim of crime.
It might sound OK to say your child attends school 90% of the time. However, this effectively means they are missing half a day of school per week. Over one year, this equates to a child missing 4 weeks of school. During the course of their education, half a year of schooling would be lost.
If your child only attends 80% of the time, they are missing one day of school per week – eight weeks per year. During the course of their education, one whole year of schooling would be lost.
Most of all remember that we are here to help you and if you are having difficulties getting your child into school please contact the school and we will do what we can to support you.
We aim for full attendance and punctuality for every child from reception to year 6 with each child achieving at least 95.6%
To help support your child in achieving full attendance try to ensure that you avoid making appointments for your son or daughter during school time. No matter the reason for your child being absent from school unless it is an educational visit, trip or activity or they are being educated off site all time off counts as an absence and will affect their overall percentage and learning.
Holidays during term time: a reminder.
Ambleside works alongside with the Local Authority and do not grant permission for holidays during term time unless the circumstances are deemed exceptional. We have an obligation to take appropriate action in line with government legislation to request penalty notices for each parent who we believe has taken their child or children out of school during term time.
Penalty notices are £60 per parent per child so this could result in a cost of £360 for a two parent family with 3 children should you choose to take them on holiday outside of the designated school holidays often meaning that a cheap holiday can become very expensive overnight. Penalty notices increase in cost if they are not paid within 28 days.
School attendance and absence: By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly.
A child registered at a school can legally miss school only in very limited circumstances. These include:
when the child is too ill to attend
when the school has authorised the absence beforehand
If your child’s overall attendance falls below 90%, you will be contacted by school or the local authority. Local authorities have a duty to step in if they believe a child is not getting the education required by law. You may be visited by a member of the Education Welfare Service. They will talk to you about your child’s attendance problems. If your child fails to attend school regularly you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
You can help prevent your child missing school by:
making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality
taking an interest in their education
discussing any problems they may have at school – inform their teacher or head teacher about anything serious
not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work