Good attendance is extremely important. Statistics show a direct link between underachievement and poor attendance. Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically. Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with.
As you may already be aware, at John Perry Primary School we aim for a minimum of 96% attendance. If your child is unwell we are required to ask for a specific reason.
We will contact you every day during the period of absence to ask for an update. The school is required to ask for evidence wherever possible e.g. appointment letters or appointment cards, GP notes etc. If your child says they are unwell and you are in doubt, please send them into school and we can phone and update you.
School Attendance and the Law
Under the 1996 Education Act, parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against them by the Local Authority.
We understand that within families there can be unforeseen circumstances. In times of emergency or upheaval, it is sometimes better to keep a child in school where we can provide a safe and familiar routine while the family attends to issues.
Friendships in school can provide support and stability during difficult times.
Although we strive for excellent punctuality, we would rather the pupils were a little late than miss an entire school day. If you are delayed, please try to phone and let us know.
We are here to help. Please let us know if we can support you in these matters in any way.
Please see our Attendance Policy for more information: View Policy
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Leave During Term Time
There is a clear link between extended leave and pupil underachievement. Parents are not allowed to take children out of school during term time for a holiday without permission. Any unauthorised absence for a family holiday is likely to result in a fixed penalty fine and your child could lose their school place. As schools in this area are full, you may have to accept a place in another school when you return. If you wish to apply for leave you must fill out a form, which is available from the school office. You must apply well in advance of the dates of intended travel. The Headteacher will consider your application and in exceptional circumstances may give permission.
John Perry Primary has adopted the Fixed Penalty Notice Scheme
What does this mean?
The governing body has adopted the fixed penalty notice scheme. Parents can be fined if they take their children out of school without permission (unauthorised) on a regular basis. If fines are not paid, this will result in court action by the L.A. which could result in a criminal record.