Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education. It is also vital that they encourage their child's regular and punctual attendance at school. If a child is registered at a school then it is vital that they attend on a regular basis.
It is important that everyone works together to help children obtain the best possible start in life with a good education. Parents should work in partnership with Temple Meadow, notifying the school of the reason for any of their child’s absences and highlighting any areas of concern they may have so they can be addressed promptly.
Below are a few reminders below about what we do as a school to try and support families in improving attendance:
Our whole school attendance target is 96%
We always reward good attendance through certificates, prizes and events at the end of every term. We also reward Parents/Carers by entering them into a prize draw for a voucher, if their child has 100% attendance.
We do send letters out when certain attendance thresholds are reached, as a timely reminder about the importance of maintaining good attendance.
If a child's attendance falls below 92%, Parents/Carers can expect to be invited to meet with the Headteacher, to discuss any concerns regarding achieving good attendance goals, in order to fulfill a child's educational opportunities.
If a child's attendance falls below 94%, providing medical evidence becomes mandatory, ideally however we always like to receive medical evidence for absences in order to ensure we are updated on all pupil welfare information.
If your child is absent from school, please always contact the office on the first day of absence in order to advise on the reason for absence, and remember to keep the school informed on the absence, until the child returns to school.
Please be reminded that we can only authorise Leave of Absence from school in extremely exceptional circumstances, the majority of cases will inevitably be unauthorised. We would remind all parents that exceptional circumstances do not include family holidays, visiting relatives or friends, attending events, looking after family members, birthdays, shopping etc.
At Temple Meadow, any parents who are considering taking their child out of school must first complete a Leave of Absence form from the main school office. This will need to be returned and a meeting with the Headteacher must be arranged. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss the reason for absence in order for the absence to be explored further.
If your child achieves 100% attendance, at the end of each term they will receive a certificate, a 100% pencil and a sticker!