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.
If your child is too ill to come into school, please phone the school on (01633) 277905 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 phone call to ask why your child is not in school.
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. Our Educational Welfare Officer, regularly visits the school to check our registers and will highlight any pupils with whom he has any concerns about.
Initially, they 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.
If your child has 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.