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St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
Parents: Attendance
Attendance Newsletter September 2018
Attendance Policy

St Mary's C of E Primary School is committed to providing a full and efficient education to all pupils and embraces the concept of equal opportunities for all.

For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. We will consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance including e.g. newsletters and end of term reports.

Registration takes place at 8.50am and 1.00pm.

Attendance is monitored on a daily basis by our office team and the Home school Community Link Worker. We have a robust attendance policy and we encourage parents to read it so that they have a clear understanding of what responsibilities they have to their child’s education and how the school will manage concerns about poor attendance and punctuality.

We ask that ALL Parents/Carers inform the school if their child is going to be absent at their earliest possible convenience. It is helpful to have clear reasons for absence and not to just say ‘sick’ or ‘ill’. Messages can be left on the school’s answer phone or parents can email the school office any time of the day or night. If we do not receive any communication from parents / carers about why their child is absent then we will send a text via our ‘Truancy Call’ system. We expect ALL parents to respond to this. Please understand that if we are unable to account for the whereabouts and well being of our children, it becomes a safeguarding issue and we have duties and responsibilities to report absences of ‘missing’ children to authorities. So it is vital that parents let us know when and why their children are absent from school.

We have put together a fact sheet for parents on managing minor childhood illness and we hope you will find this helpful.
Managing Minor Illness in Children

When making medical/dental appointments, every effort must be made to ensure that these appointments are outside school hours but we acknowledge that this is not always possible. If your child has a medical or emergency dental appointment then please inform the school office asap and show your appointment card or letter.

For all other absence requests that do not relate to illness, such as holidays or time off for other important reasons, please complete an absence request form in advance. The Head Teacher will consider your request and make a decision as to whether or not the absence will be authorised. Please note holidays in term time will not be authorised but we still require you to complete the absence request form.
Absence Request Form (doc)
Absence Request Form (pdf)

The school will communicate with parents via the newsletter and the app to update parents about attendance issues.

St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School      Southam Road      Banbury      OX16 2EG
Headteacher: Victoria Woods
Tel/Fax: 01295 263026               Email