Regular attendance at school is essential if children are to learn and make progress in their learning. At Foxborough Primary School, we communicate a clear message that attendance matters and expect children and their families to share this belief. In order to achieve their best and enjoy every second of school, your child needs to attend every day and arrive punctually in the morning.
If children do not attend school regularly, they may experience difficulties in their learning, in maintaining friendships, and may miss out on a multitude of fun activities.
Pupil attendance and punctuality is closely monitored internally by Ms Proctor who works closely with the Local Authority Educational Welfare Officers. We have clear steps in place to enable us to work with you to improve your child’s attendance.
The school appreciates that there will be times when children are genuinely ill and unable to attend school. Over time, the vast majority of children build resilience and resistance to illness enabling them to attend school the majority of the time. In the case of minor illnesses such as a cold or cough, please send your child to school; we are willing to administer medication on your behalf (please contact reception for more information about our procedures for this). Attendance is important; a child with an attendance rate of 90% misses a half day out of every school week. If this continues throughout school, by the time your child is in Year 11, he/she would have missed more than half of a school year!
How do I report my child’s absence?
If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please telephone the school office on 01753 546376 by 9.00am to report their absence. If you are unsure of whether to send your child to school, please send your child in. Often children get better when they get into school and see their friends. If they get worse, we will call you.
What will happen if my child needs medication at school?
During your home visit, we will ask you about any health conditions that your child has, such as asthma or allergies. To administer medication to your child, we will need to discuss this with you and require you to complete a medication form.
What will happen if my child is often absent?
The National Average for primary pupil’s attendance is 96%. Therefore, should your child’s attendance fall below this level, you will be invited in to school to discuss reasons for absence and develop a plan to improve attendance. Consistent poor attendance will lead to referrals to the Local Authority.
What if I need a family holiday?
To request leave during term-time, you will need to complete a ‘Leave of absence form’. Any leave during term-time can only be authorised by Mrs Sweetman. It is policy only to grant leave for exceptional reasons and supporting evidence is needed. Holiday requests will NOT be authorised.
For all attendance queries, please email Ms Proctor on firstname.lastname@example.org.