Good attendance is crucial for your child's academic success. The more your child is in school, the more they will learn; it really is that simple! We congratulate our children by hosting a Pizza Party at the end of each half-term for the class with the best attendance. All our children can see how their class is doing by looking at our "Attendance Race" display in school. They enjoy checking to see their class position with excitement each week.
You can really help us provide the best for our children by following our school absence procedures:
- If your child will be absent, please telephone the school office before 9.30am (on each day of absence, unless otherwise agreed) to let us know;
- Only take your child out of school for the minimum amount of time for a medical appointment and bring them back to school as soon as possible;
- Only allow your child to be absent from school due to exceptional circumstances.
- Please communicate with us so we can support your child as much as possible.
Please refer to our 'Attendance Policy' below for further details.
When children are late, it disrupts their morning routine and some of them find it unsettling, which can have a huge impact on the rest of their day.
- Your child will be expected to enter school at 8.40am as legal registration takes place at 8.50am.
- Please note, if your child arrives after 8.50am they will be marked as late in the register.
- If your child arrives after the legal registration has closed (i.e. after 9.15am) this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Attendance Below 95%
This is the procedure we follow when your child's attendance falls below 95%:
Step 1: Parents/Carers made aware of attendance concerns.
- Attendance shows no sign of improvement and remains below 95%.
Step 2: Parents/Carers invited to a meeting at School with Family worker to discuss any barriers and discuss support needed.
- Attendance continues to be a concern with no significant improvement.
Step 3: Parents/Carers requested to attend School Attendance Meeting to agree and sign an action plan.
Step 4: Attendance fails to significantly improve. Legal intervention considered.
Highlees Primary School strongly discourages any term time absences. Holidays should be taken during the school holiday period only and not in school time. Please see the 'Term Dates' page in the 'Parents' section of this website for a list of term dates.
If your child has to attend an appointment in school hours, eg, doctor, dentist or hospital, the school must be informed and a 'Leave of Absence' form must be completed and sent to the School Office. Please give us as much notice as possible.
Please remember, If your child is absent you must notify the school office by 9.30am on the day of absence. We do worry if a child does not arrive at school and will always take steps to make sure they are safe and well.