Sharlston Community School monitors the attendance of every child in the school, so that each child can achieve their potential. We will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:
- their learning
- their friendships
- their self-esteem and confidence.
Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed:
- one half day each week
- nearly four weeks every school year
- over one school year in a school career
If your child is going to be absent from school, you should contact the school office at the start of the day for each day of absence. (01924 863044). There is an answer machine available for reporting absences.
Our school works in partnership with the Waterton Academy Trust Education Welfare Officer – Jane Richardson - who will invite you in to school or visit you at home if necessary to discuss any attendance problems. Persistent lateness could also result in involvement from the EWO as regular lateness also impacts significantly on learning.