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Elm Wood Primary School

Attendance

Attendance and Punctuality

Please can we remind parents about the importance of attendance and punctuality at school.  Any non-emergency appointments should be made for out of school hours and if your child is absent from school, can you please inform the office as soon as possible.  

School doors remain open between 8:30 and 8:55am each morning.  It is vital that children arrive at school no later than 8:55am in order to be in class for learning to begin.  Currently, we have a large number of pupils arriving late for school who are now missing the start of important sessions, many arriving up to 9:30am on a daily basis.  This not only has an impact on the late child as they struggle to catch up in class, but it also has an impact on the whole class as the lesson is disrupted by the late arrival.  Late pupils also risk crossing different bubbles around school as they cannot always use their allocated doors on arrival.  

Attendance and punctuality will continue to be monitored in school with the support from the Local Authority.  We thank you all for your support with us on this very important matter.

Holidays in Term Time

At Elm Wood we value the importance of good attendance and punctuality, which as a school we take very seriously. Days off school soon add up and missing lessons makes it hard to catch up resulting in children having to work harder when they come back even missing vital information that will prevent their progress. There are 175 non-school days a year for holidays, cultural experiences and family time.

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will miss out on the teaching that their classmates will receive during your holiday. Attendance is vital to academic success and lost education poses a potential risk of under achievement. This is something we all have a responsibility to avoid. If you consider your request for absence to be an exceptional circumstance then please complete the relevant form which can be collected from school.

PLEASE CHECK WHEN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE BEFORE BOOKING ANY TRIPS AWAY TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD DOES NOT MISS OUT ON VITAL LEARNING.

Each term there are amazing prizes to be won for 100% attendance.

To have a chance of winning these prizes please make sure your child(ren) come to school everyday.