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Norwood Green Junior School

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Attendance & Absence

 

Expected attendance level

 

All children are expected to attend school regularly. The expectation of schools and the Local Authority is that children attend school 100% unless they are ill. The Department for Education expects schools to have attendance rates of 94.5+% (primary) 93+% (secondary). 

 

We are proud of our attendance levels which exceed these national expectations.  In 2015 - 2016 our attendance figure was 96%.

 

Absence from school

 

If your child is ill or unable to attend school for some reason, you need to contact the school office by telephone and/or letter to inform them. The school will only "authorise" this absence if it is appropriate to do so. The school office staff will make contact with parents regarding absence from school where parents do not inform them of the reasons. Where possible this happens on the first day of absence.

 

Acceptable reasons for absence are:

 

  • Sickness
  • Unavoidable medical appointments
  • Religious observance
  • Short term family crisis

 

Unacceptable reasons for absence are:

 

  • Truancy
  • Holidays in term time
  • Shopping
  • Birthdays
  • Looking after siblings or the home
  • Non-urgent medical or dental appointments.

 

Monitoring pupil absence

 

Norwood Green Junior School and the Education Welfare Service work in partnership to monitor the attendance of children. Where attendance is irregular or below the expected level without medical confirmation, Norwood Green and the education welfare service will send out letters, telephone or meet with parents to discuss any difficulties. Where attendance remains below an acceptable level without confirmed medical reasons, we will refer the matter to the local authority. The local authority have a duty to remind parents of their legal responsibilities regarding ensuring their children are receiving education appropriate to their needs. Ultimately, as a last resort, the local authority may have to consider taking legal action against the parents through the courts or issuing a fixed penalty notice in respect of the non-attendance.