Late / Absence Procedures
At St Peter-in-Chains and St Gildas’ we pride ourselves on our attendance record. We understand the importance of being in school every day and arriving on time. We believe that regular attendance at school is key to enabling pupils to progress and enjoy learning and ultimately ensures our children have the maximum life chances.
We aim to achieve an average of 96 per cent attendance for the year across both schools. We work hard to support our families and regularly monitor all children’s attendance.
To encourage good attendance we will:
- At St Gildas, we award our weekly attendance cup to the class who achieves the highest attendance figure each week
- Issue termly attendance certificates at assemblies
As parents we ask you to help by:
- Notifying the school promptly if your child is ill or is absent for any other unavoidable reason
- Making non-urgent medical appointments outside of school hours
- Booking all holidays outside of term time as we cannot authorise term time absences for family holidays. Please remember that there are 190 days of school, which leaves 175 days to book family holidays and celebrations
- Making sure children arrive promptly at school
When pupils arrive late they miss out on instructions given at the beginning of lessons, which can significantly reduce achievement regardless of academic ability. Not only does the pupil miss out but the class can be disrupted by late arrivals.
Absence also has a serious effect on your child’s progress and attainment. Where possible please try to ensure that your child is in school every day. We monitor absence regularly and if lateness becomes an issue we will contact you and in serious cases we will refer to the Educational Welfare Officer at the Local Authority.
If you are struggling to get your child to school or having trouble arriving on time we’re happy to support with guidance and strategies so please contact us if you feel this would be of help.