Going to school regularly is important to our children’s future. Children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their learning and fail to reach their potential. In future life, good attendance shows potential employers that children are reliable. It also sets up routines and attitudes that will aid success in the workplace. Research suggests that children who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime.
By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. Parents are legally responsible for making sure their children attend regularly. However, the school is committed to working with parents to ensure that children receive the education to which they are entitled.
Here at Prince Bishops, most children have very good attendance. A minority, however, do not attend as well as they should. Ofsted (2011) said,
'The school places a high priority on improving pupils' attendance and has established extremely strong partnerships with support agencies and the local community. Links with the immediate community are extremely strong and the school works closely with Traveller and Gypsy/Roma families to reduce the impact of travelling upon attendance. However, although the school’s strategies have been highly successful in ensuring most pupils attend regularly a small minority still does not.'
All staff, at all levels, are involved in improving attendance and, as a result, attendance has improved every year since 2011. We continue to work to improve further and appeal to parents and carers to read the following policy and work with us to ensure that our children have full access to the outstanding provision offered.
Please refer to the Policies section to read the attendance policy in full. Alternatively, we can provide a paper copy if it is required.