Did you know that children are far more likely to succeed academically when they attend school consistently?
Let’s give them the best possible start.
We want all our children to have the best possible attendance to enable each and every child to achieve their full potential.
Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education by regular attendance at school. Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education and Ofsted expect a minimum of 95% attendance for each child. Just 10 days absence from school will cause your child’s attendance to drop below this level. Our attendance target at Veritas Primary Academy for each child is 96% and we strive to encourage this at every opportunity.
All children get ill. We understand that the occasional absence for illness may be necessary. However encouraging regular attendance is one of the most powerful ways both you as a parent, and we as a school, can prepare your child for success. Some absences we simply cannot authorise. The Government changed legislation in 2013 and schools are no longer allowed, by law, to approve time off for holidays. Only exceptional circumstances can be authorised – this may include family bereavement or religious observance etc.
Veritas monitors children’s attendance on a weekly basis. Where we have concerns you will be notified in writing. For example, if you child’s attendance falls below the recommended minimum we will make first contact with you to inform you of our concerns and to offer guidance and support. If regular absence persist we will ask you to attend a meeting in school to discuss this in more detail. If these measures do not help to improve your child’s attendance we may deem it necessary to refer the case to the Education Welfare Service to issue a fine.
More details on our absence procedures and attendance policy can be found here.