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Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives a suitable full-time education. If a child is registered at a school, it is vital that they are encouraged to attend on a regular basis.

 

It is important that everyone works together to help children get off to the best possible start in life with a good education. We encourage parents to work in partnership with us and notify the school if their child should be absent.

 

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 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 fulfil 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 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 in extremely exceptional circumstances, the majority of cases will inevitably be unauthorised. Exceptional circumstances do not include family holidays, visiting relatives or friends, attending events, looking after family members, birthdays or shopping.

 

Any parent/carer who is considering taking their child out of school must first complete a Leave of Absence form from the 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.

  • Temple Meadow Primary School and Nursery,
  • Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6RH
  • Telephone 01384 569 021 
  • Email: tm.admin@meadow.sandwell.sch.uk
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