Absence From School
Attendance, Punctuality and Holidays
At St Botolph’s Primary School we believe good attendance and prompt starts to the day are very important in order to make sure that your child gets the education they deserve. School starts at 8.50am and pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time.
If children are off school, it is particularly important that parents/carers let us know on the first day of absence the reason why children are absent from school. You should telephone the school and leave a message on the absence line, report the absence on ParentMailX or email email@example.com. This should then be followed by a letter giving reason for and length of absence in total. If your child has a medical appointment, which involves release from lessons, please inform the school by letter in advance of the date and time involved.
Taking time off school during term time can disrupt your child’s education. The Headteacher may authorise absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. Please obtain a holiday form from the main foyer or the school office. This should be returned at least one month before the planned absence. You risk your child losing their place if they are absent for long periods of time. A copy of the school`s attendance policy is available on the school website.
Our Attendance Officer is in school and available to discuss any concerns you might have and where difficulties continue will send official letters and visit if necessary. Please avoid this by making sure all reasons for absence are for exceptional circumstances and letting the school office know as soon as possible an explanation of the exceptional circumstances. Punctuality and regular attendance are important if your child is to learn well.