For children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend school regularly and on time every day unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Why is regular attendance at school so important?
- Research shows that there is a close link between attendance at school and a child’s achievement.
- Your child will achieve better when they go to school all day, every school day.
- Children learn better, they make friends, they are happier, they have a brighter future.
- If your child is absent, you must contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence.
- If we do not hear from you on the first day of absence, we will telephone you.
- If appropriate, we will invite you into school to discuss your child's attendance and any problems you may be experiencing.
- If we feel that the school nurse may be able to help, we will ask for your permission to make a referral to this service.
- If your child's attendance falls below 90%, then the matter may be referred to the Education Welfare Service.
Establishing good habits from the start will help your child to settle more quickly and build good habits for life. Pupils who arrive late at school may disrupt lessons and can miss learning and important information given out at the start of the school day.
More information can be found in the Parents Handbook.