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School Attendance

The Phoenix Private School recognises the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality. Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable children to reach their potential. The attendance pattern for all children is monitored weekly with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. We expect all children to attend every day when the school is in session as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures to support this. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.

Poor attendance can seriously affect each child’s:

  • attainment in school
  • relationship with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships.
  • confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others each child’s attendance can be summarised as:
96%+ Excellent Well done!
This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. This will give them a good start in life and supports a positive work ethic.
94 - 95% Average

Well done, strive to build on this.

85 -93%

Poor

Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Please work with the school urgently to improve the situation as your child may not pass the year.

Below 85%

Unacceptable

Absence is causing SERIOUS CONCERN. It is affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting your child’s learning. We will work with you to improve your child’s attendance.
Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by the parent. Only the school can ‘authorise’ absence.

For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.

ABSENCE PROCEDURES

If a child is absent parents/carers must;

  • Telephone the school as soon as possible, preferably before 9:00am stating the reason for absence or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Provide a medical note from the doctor or referral letter should they be required at a later date

If a child is absent we will:

  • Administration team will call on the first day of absence if we have not heard from parents/carers

Safeguarding

Your child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility.

TERM TIME HOLIDAYS

The School recognise that pupil absence during term time can seriously disrupt a pupil’s continuity of learning. Parents are therefore strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday in term time.

Parents who take their child out of school for three or more days during term time, without the approval of the School Principal will be automatically un-authorised absence.

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