Punctuality and Attendance
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All Souls' School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils. Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.
Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them in order to make good progress in their learning. Poor attendance undermines their educational attainment and progress and, sometimes, puts pupils at risk by encouraging anti-social behaviour.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school office, on 01303 275967, on the first day, and days thereafter, their child is absent explaining the reasons. This is a safeguarding issue requirement, so that all parties know that your child is safe and their whereabouts is known. Parents should inform the school when their child is likely to return.
The school gates at 8:30am. The gates will shut at 08.45am and all pupils are expected to be in class by then. All pupils that arrive late must report with their parent/carer to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded. Children arriving after 9:00am will be marked absent for the morning sessions in the register. We work alongside Attendance Officers who will become involved if your child/children is persistently absent.
Absence due to illness
If a child is absent and a message has not been received, you will receive a text message asking you to contact the school office to explain the reasons for absence. If we do not hear from you following our text message, you will be contacted by a member of staff via telephone.
Absence due to holiday/other circumstances
In accordance with current guidelines from the Department for Education, NO holiday will be authorised by the Head Teacher. Any requests for permission to authorise absence during term time should be addressed to the Head Teacher.
Absence due to an appointment
As a school, we understand that it may be necessary to take a child out of school for an appointment e.g. GP, dentist, physiotherapist etc. during the school day. Where possible, we would ask parents to try to minimise the number of appointments made during school hours and to provide an appointment card/letter to support the absence. We thank you in advance for your co-operation with this matter.