Attendance & Punctuality
Regular attendance and punctuality are crucial to children’s overall attainment. All parents have a legal responsibility to ensure children attend school each day and are only absent if they are ill or have a medical appointment which cannot be arranged outside of school hours.
If your child is unable to come to school, we kindly ask that you call the school on each day of absence and on return show a GP or medical appointment letter to a member of the office.
At St. Edmund’s the learning begins as soon as the school gates are opened from 8:40 am. Instructions are given; work set and relationships developed, so making sure your child arrives on time is essential.
Regular lateness or low attendance is recorded and will be followed up by a member of senior leadership. If need be, this could be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer at the Local Authority. Family holidays should always be taken during school holidays, and we will only authorise absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. On these occasions, permission must be sought in advance from the Headteacher. Please mark these letters FAO: Mrs Johnstone.
We ensure children are aware of the importance of good attendance and punctuality. Each week the class with the highest attendance is awarded a trophy, and any children with 100% attendance receive a special half termly reward.