Attendance

What if my child is absent?

It is very important that your child attends school every day. We expect all children to achieve a minimum 96% attendance.

A child at 90% attendance will miss the equivalent of four full weeks of school over the course of each year ... at 80% this rises to eight weeks. This will lead to your child falling behind with their work, and making less progress than other children in the class.

Because this is so important, we will follow up any absences, by telephoning on the first day your child is not in school. Where there is a pattern of unauthorised or excessive absence, we will write to you and may require you to attend a meeting with the Headteacher. If your child's attendance does not improve, the school will refer parents to the Oxfordshire Attendance and Engagement Service, who have the power to take legal action against the parents of persistent absentees.

You are expected to inform school on the first day of absence you can call 01865 749933 ext 263 and leave a message with full details or email sgp@dbmac.org.uk. If we have not heard from you by the close of registration, the school will attempt to contact you. Acceptable reasons for absence are: sickness; hospital appointments; religious holidays; attendance at court; funerals etc.   If your child has been sick or is suffering from diarrhoea, they can return to school 48 hours after their final bout.  All appointments should, where possible, be arranged after the school day or during holidays. School reserves the right to ask to see confirmation of appointments.

Under no circumstances may children leave school by themselves during school hours.  Parents/carers who collect children to go to an appointment must first report to the office and the child will be collected from the classroom.

What if my child is late?

It is very important that all children are in school on time.  Lessons start at 8.30 prompt.  A child will be recorded as late if they arrive in the classroom 15 minutes after the start of the school day.  Your child's education is important and being late means that they often miss the beginning of lessons and also miss important information.  If your child is 5 minutes late everyday it is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.

It is equally as important that children should be picked up from school promptly.  If, for any reason, you are going to be late, please contact the school office, so that we know what is happening.  It can be very distressing for a child if we do not know anything.  All children who are picked up late will be placed in our wrap around care and parents may be charged accordingly.

What happens if we need to go away during term time?

The law requires that, once a child is on the school’s register, they should be sent to school every day that it is open.  There is no right to time off for holidays and these will not be authorised. Should you decide to take your child out of school during term time you will be issued with a penalty notice warning.  If you take any further time off within 12 months you will then be issued with a notice and could receive a fine from the local authority attendance and engagement team.