At Princefield we believe that the opportunity for your child to have access to a good education in school is very important to us all. Encouraging good attendance gives each pupil the best chance to learn and achieve to their full potential.
A pupil’s absence can seriously disrupt the continuity of their learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are less prepared for lessons upon their return and this can be unsettling for children. There is a link between low attendance and under achievement.
If your child is ill, please let the school know before 9.20am. The school operates a ‘First-Day-Calling System’ to ensure the safeguarding of all children. Our office staff or Attendance Officer will call you if your child is absent and we do not know the reason.
Please, where possible, make medical and dental appointments outside the school day. Where this is not possible, pupils should attend school for the remaining part of the day. Any formal medical appointments where written notification is available should be presented to the school office for noting on your child’s records.
If you do need time off for anything other than medical reasons, please complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ form which are available from the school office.
Headteachers will continue to review all requests for leave in term time and these will be monitored by the County Council, however Headteachers are unable to authorise any holiday in term time.
Penalty notices will be considered when:-