Sickness letter to parents/carers

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Dear Parent/Carer

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.

  • Of pupils who miss more than 50 per cent of school, only three per cent manage to achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.
  • Of pupils who miss between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of school, only 35 per cent manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.
  • Of pupils who miss less than five per cent of school, 73 per cent achieve five A* to Cs including English and Maths.”*

*https://www.gov.uk/government/news/persistent-absence-government-changes-definition-to-deal-with-reality-of-pupil-absenteeism-in-schools

For further information please also refer to the ‘Every School Day Matters’ document on the school website.

 

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 and we fine for this as a matter of course.  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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Penny Denman                                                                                    Gail Woodward

Assistant Head teacher                                                Educational Welfare Officer

Attendance & Behaviour


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