Happy children and happy adults!

Discussing life plans and ambitions with your child can be fun. You can open their minds  to endless possibilities and opportunities; the world is their oyster and they can reach  for the stars! Whether they want to be an astronaut, doctor, TV journalist, or teacher…  what you do with your child now can really help them on the first steps of this journey.

Research has shown that if your child is absent for just 17 days a year this could mean they are far less likely to be able to read or write when they leave  primary or lower school. If your child’s annual attendance is 85%, they have  missed 29 days schooling, which approximately is half a term. Similar statistics  relate to arriving to school late; arriving at school regularly 15 minutes late, can  result in up to 10 days lost.


Your child’s attendance:
If you child has had time off during the early part of the school year (ie Autumn term) their % attendance will be low due to the fact that we are not far into the academic year.  As we move into the Spring Term, with the children being at school longer (and assuming your child has had no further absences) then their attendance rate will improve.

Arriving at school on time is also very important and something that we encourage along side excellent attendance.  Punctuality is significant to your child’s learning, in addition to developing a necessary life skill.

5 minutes of lateness every day = 3 days of school lost a year.
10 minutes of lateness every day = 6.5 days of school lost a year.
15 minutes of lateness every day = 10 days of school lost a year.
20 minutes of lateness every day = 13 days of school lost a year.
30 minutes of lateness every day = 19 days of school lost a year.

Whilst we discourage appointments during the school day, if your child does have an unavoidable appointment during the school day, a member of the school office team should be informed by letter/email ( or by a phone call in advance of the absence.

Parents/carers need to phone the school office before 9.30am, each morning that the child is absent from school due to illness so that this can be recorded daily in the register.  Even if the staff expect the child to be off parents must still phone in to register their child’s absence each day.