Attendance Information

Attendance Information for Parents and Carers

Your child’s time at school is very valuable.  When children attend school they are being given the very best opportunities to learn, make academic progress, develop and maintain relationships with others and ‘shine’  It is therefore very important that our children miss as little school as possible.  We do realise that absences due to illness or medical matters can be unavoidable and if a child is not fit and healthy enough, then school is not the place for a child to be.
If your child is not going to be coming into school we ask you to phone the school office (01670 714200) as soon as possible on the first day of absence to let us know they won’t be in. In addition to this, a phone call must be made to the office for each subsequent day of absence due to the illness.  On this message, please state clearly the child’s name, class and the nature of the illness which is causing the absence.
Cragside C of E Primary School is striving to achieve better than 97% attendance each year.
From September 2013 the Headteacher no longer has the authority to authorise absences for the pupose of taking a family holiday except in exceptional circumstances. We therefore ask parents and carers to avoid booking holidays during term time. If however you believe there are exceptional reasons why your child needs to be absent from school you need to make your request in writing to the Headteacher stating the dates and the exceptional reasons for the absence,
A child who is absent from school for 2 weeks (10 days) will have less than 95% attendance for that year before taking into account any further days lost due to illness.
Where a child’s level or pattern of absences becomes a concern we will discuss this with the parent or carer and may involve the services of our Educational Welfare Officer to help improve the situation.
Please click on the link to see a full copy of our Attendance Policy.