Parents have a legal responsibility to make sure that their child is in school every day and arrives on time. Children who arrive late miss the sense of belonging that comes with being part of the routines at the start of the day.
If your child is absent, please inform the school on the first day of absence before 9.30am. You will be asked to give a reason for their absence. We consider absences to be authorised if your child is sick, where possible please arrange medical and other appointments outside of school hours. The school keeps a record of absences and these are included in your child’s report. Unauthorised absence and persistent absence is reported to Southwark’s Attendance and Welfare Officer.
Parents are requested not to organise holidays during term time, it disrupts your child’s learning and the school is unable to authorise the absence. We understand the temptation of taking children out during term time to avoid pricey holiday times but children attend school for only 190 days a year and the rest of the year is available for holidays. In very exceptional circumstances the Headteacher may authorise a limited absence. Parents should request this in writing explaining why the holiday can only take place in term time.
The school rewards good attendance at the end of the school year. New incentives will be introduced on a yearly basis.