Our Attendance Policy is inline with the latest guidance from the Department for Education (DfE).
It is essential that children and young people form good habits of regular attendance at school from an early age and that good attendance is maintained throughout their school career. Wimborne First School is committed to working together to ensure that there is a consistent approach to school attendance. It is a legal requirement that all children should attend their educational provision and it is the parents/carers responsibility to ensure that their children attend school.
Wimborne First School has agreed the following:
- It is important that pupils are at school on time. Time keeping is not only important in obtaining maximum benefit from education, it is also a key skill for adult life. Lateness is monitored by the school and contributes to absence rates.
- As a school, we will monitor the attendance of our pupils and work closely with Dorset County Council's School Attendance Service to support children and young people whose attendance levels are causing concern.
- Whilst we understand that children do become ill on occasions, children who lose a lot of time at school can suffer in the long term from significant gaps in their learning. If a child's health continues to affect their education, schools are obliged to make a referral to School Health to ensure that appropriate medical advice and support is provided.
- If a child is ill, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that they inform the school. We operate a targeted "First Day Call" system, which means we will contact you to ask why your child is not in school and when they are expected to return.
- No leave of absence will be granted during term time, except in exceptional circumstances.
We are therefore informing parents/carers that, should you wish to take your child out of school for any leave of absence, holidays or otherwise, requests will not be routinely granted. It is essential that any requests for leave of absence are made in writing to the Head Teacher. A leave of absence request must be submitted along with a covering letter. Please see the link below:
Any absence which has not been authorised by the school will be recorded as an "unauthorised absence" and this has the potential to impact on your child's overall absence figure and could result in legal action.
This academic year, we will continue to monitor every child's attendance against our colour coded system:
- Green - we will write to let you know that we will be monitoring your child's attendance if it has fallen below 95%
- Amber - we will invite you to a meeting to discuss attendance if your child's attendance has fallen below 90%
- Red - if your child is persistently late or absent, we will seek support from the East Dorset Family Partnership, Social Care or the Local Authority.