Children are expected to attend school everyday.
An absence is authorised if a child has been away for a legitimate reason eg. illness. The school should be phoned on the first morning of absence and then a written explanation sent on the child’s return.
An absence is unauthorised if the child is away from school without permission of both school and parent.
If attendance falls below 90% (an average of one day per fortnight) and continues the LA may be contacted.
Awards are given for good attendance. The LA sets attendance targets yearly. Attendance must be over 96% to be judged as ‘good’.
School has to inform the Education Welfare Officer of all unauthorised absences.