With the winter months approaching fast and the weather getting colder, there will be the inevitable onset of bugs and illnesses to contend with. In light of this we wanted to remind you all of the importance of good school attendance and the impact this has on your child’s learning. There is a proven link between good school attendance and achievement.
If your child is ill and they need to stay at home, please only keep them off for as long as absolutely necessary. If you are unsure of whether to keep them off, how long they should be off for or when to send them back, then there is a useful link on our website ‘should my child go to school?’ http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Yourchildatschool/Pages/Illness.aspx which links to the NHS information and guidelines. Please send your child to school as much as you possibly can and be assured that if they are unwell we will look after them here and send them home if necessary.
Please do not be offended if you get a call from your child’s tutor asking after them. We have asked tutors to become involved in ensuring that all of our students are in school as much as possible. Similarly we do not support children being taken on holiday in term time. Even though we appreciate that this can make holidays considerably cheaper, it can also have a detrimental effect on a child’s learning.
Please ensure you report all absences to the Attendance line on 01273 503908 or via the Studybugs app on the website. We may ask for medical evidence for periods of prolonged or persistent absence.
If you have any questions about attendance please contact one of us. Thank you very much for your continued support on this matter.
Penny Denman Gail Woodward
Assistant Head teacher Educational Welfare Officer