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Late/Absence Procedures

Reporting your Child Absent

 

If your child is off sick or will be absent from school, we need to be informed by 9.30am at the latest. To use the pupil absence line please call the school and press 1 and leave your child’s name, class and a brief message explaining why they are absent from school. If we do not hear from you by 9.30am then your child will be marked as having unauthorised absence and this may result in a call or letter from the Education Welfare Officer, who will be visiting the school in October to have a look at our records.

Every day counts

At Wessex we expect all children to have an attendance record of above 97%.

Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.

Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:

  • To learn
  • To have fun
  • To make new friends
  • To experience new things
  • To achieve
  • To develop new skills
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To have the best possible start in life.
     

Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning.

Percentage attendance over an academic year

Number of learning days that are lost within an academic year

Grading

100% attendance

0 days of learning missed

Excellent

 

95% Attendance

9 days of absence (1 week and 4 days) of learning missed

Satisfactory

90% Attendance

19 days of absence (3 weeks and 4 days) of learning missed

Poor

85% Attendance

28 days of absence (5 weeks and 3 days) of learning missed

Very Poor

80% Attendance

38 days of absence (7 weeks and 3 days) of learning missed

Unacceptable

75% Attendance

46 days of absence (9 weeks and 1 days) of learning missed

Unacceptable

 

 

  • If your child’s attendance drops below 95% then depending on the reasons for your child’s absence a meeting may be held with Mrs Maskell or Mrs Pope (Deputy Head Teachers)
  • If your child’s attendance drops below 90% a meeting will be held with Mr Woodbridge (Head Teacher)
  • If your child’s attendance drops below 85% then the school will involve the EWO (the Education Welfare Officer)

Give your child the best start in life – every school day counts.

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