Good attendance at school is a pre-requisite for all children at Temple Sowerby CE School. Regular attendance promotes pupils’ well-being and gives them the best chance of learning and reaching their potential. Pupils should attend school every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

Good attendance is important because pupils:

  • get on better with learning and other children;
  • cope better with school routines, work and friendships;
  • find learning easier because they do not miss out;
  • are more successful moving between primary school and secondary school

Research shows a direct link between high attendance and doing well at school.

If your child is unable to come to school due to illness then you must contact the school office between 8.30am and 8.45am each day.  If you do not do this then we will follow up any absences by text and/or by phone.  If we cannot get hold of anyone who can confirm an absence then we will follow the laid down missing child procedures which means that the Police will be called. This is so we know that your child is safe.

Parents should keep the school updated of any changes to their contact details, including mobile and work phone numbers, addresses of all adults with parental responsibility and email addresses.

We monitor attendance regularly and any concerns about attendance are initially raised with parents. There will be opportunities for the parent/carer to discuss reasons for absence and support to be given by the school with the aim to improve attendance. Where a child’s attendance record does not improve over a period of time then the school has a responsibility to make a referral to the local authority’s safeguarding team. Temple Sowerby CE School does not, and cannot, authorise holidays in term time.

Attendance Policy