Why should children be in school?
It is the LAW. Parents can get penalty notices if this law is broken.
It shows they are reliable.
They do not miss any lessons
They increase their learning
They will do better in exams
They will be more likely to get a job
They will be safe and understand the importance of commitment (just like going to work and getting a job)
You are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following, their learning, their friendships, their self-esteem and confidence.
Laycock Primary monitors and celebrates the attendance of every child in the school in partnership with the Education Welfare Office. Our attendance target is 96%.
If your child is ill for more than three days, we need medical evidence to authorise the absence. Without this the absence will be unauthorised and you may be fined £130 for five days unauthorised absence in a three month period.
Coughs and sneezes are no excuse not to come to school
Being ill may prevent your child from going to school, but if they can get out of bed and play, or watch television they should be at school!
Feeling tired is not an illness, they need to go to bed earlier!
Holidays during term time are against the law!
Taking children on holiday or out of school during term time is against the law. (We understand that holidays during term time may cost less money, but they are still against the law.)
If your child is absent please contact the school office on 0207-226-2927 and leave a message, clearly stating: Childs name, Teacher & Year Group. Alternatively you can text the school on the number below- 07786-207779
A prescription with a date, an appointment card or letter with a date, the surgery compliment slip signed by a professional, to say you attended.
School begins at 8:55. We expect all children in Reception, Key Stages One and Two to be lining up in the playground at 8:50 ready to be collected by their teacher. Any child arriving late will be recorded late in the register. We monitor late marks closely and concerns are shared with parents.
We will always ask why you are late as this information needs to be recorded on the register.
Term time holidays are an increasingly serious issue – and the government is advising schools to take serious action where they need to in order to make sure they do not happen. The school is not allowed to authorise absence during term time, unless there are exceptional reasons (this does NOT include sickness of a family member).
Taking unauthorised holidays could result in a penalty notice from the Local Authority.
90% attendance = ½ day missed every week
90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed every year
Your CHILD will fall behind in his/her learning
Not being at school can seriously damage a child’s learning!
If you have any questions about about your child’s attendance, please speak to Esther Spick (Family Liaison Officer) or any member of the SLT.