Every day counts. At Kirkdale St Lawrence C of E Primary School we work hard to ensure that our pupils attend school and are here on time.
What should I do if my child is sick?
If your child is going to be absent from school please ensure you telephone school on the first day of absence.
We always encourage our children to attend school as much as they can. Our target for whole school attendance is 97%. This is a target we always aim to achieve and we celebrate this with our 'Best Class Attendance' each week in our assembly.
What we will do when a pupil is absent
- We will contact you by telephone and/or text message.
- We may carry out a home visit.
- We will ask you to provide a note on your child’s first day back at school’
- We may ask for proof of their illness if they have been off for a long period.
- We may ask you to speak with a member of our Management Team if your child’s attendance is causing concern.
It is the decision of the school as to whether an absence is authorised or not, regardless of whether you contact school to inform them the reason for absence, or complete an absence request form. This is recorded on your son/daughter’s Attendance Record.
Please refer to our Attendance Policy on the ‘Policies’ tab on the main page of our website.
As a parent you are legally responsible for making sure that your child attends school. If your child fails to attend school without acceptable reason you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school. You should not expect the school to agree to your child going on holiday during term time and if you do take them out of school this too may result in a penalty notice.
Struggling To Get Your Child To School?
If you are having difficulty in getting your child to school or think there may be a reason why your child does not want to go to school, you should always speak to your child’s class teacher for help and support.
Please read this letter from the Local Authority with regards to changes to School Attendance from September 2015.
Attendance Letter (LA – September 2015 Changes)