For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential.
Children at Marshbrook Primary School are encouraged to achieve a 96% or higher attendance figure. Exceptional circumstances such as serious medical conditions are taken into consideration. Parents are sent an attendance letter each term, so that they are kept fully updated on their child’s attendance levels.
Attendance is encouraged within school through the use of attendance awards and incentives.
A first day of absence contact system is in place where the Admin Manager contacts parents and ascertains the reasons for any absences, if not already known.
The attendance rate of any child causing concern will be investigated. If poor attendance is significant, parents will be contacted by letter asking them to meet with a school representative to discuss the issue.
The doors close at 8.50am. Any child arriving after this will enter school via the office reception and recorded as arriving late.
In law, parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure regular and punctual attendance at school. The Department of Education made important changes to the law for families wanting to request leave of absence in term time. The changes made it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during term time.
Leave of absence may only be granted for exceptional circumstances. You may be subject to a Penalty Notice if your child’s absence from school is unauthorised. This is in line with Staffordshire County Council’s Code of Conduct.
If you would like more information about attendance or the County Council’s Code of Conduct, please visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/Attendance/home.aspx