Dear Parents/Carers,

I wish to remind you of the importance of school attendance and of our commitment to all pupils. We ask all parents to set the highest expectations for attendance for this term and the continuing academic years.

Our target for each child is a minimum of 97% attendance for this academic year.

This target is in line with our family of schools. Attendance is one of the significant factors in the school’s categorisation.

A copy of the table and chart illustrating the relationship between attendance and achievement at school can be found here for Foundation Phase pupils and here for KS2 (Y3 to Y6) pupils.

Rewards for good attendance are clear. Pupils are more likely to enjoy school, achieve better results and benefit from increased life chances if their attendance is high. I will continue to update you about your child’s attendance on a termly basis. Children with 100% attendance each year will be rewarded with a Headteacher’s certificate.

Attendance of all pupils (excluding those below statutory school age) is now also taken into account when categorising each school in Wales. It is therefore important to improve on our attendance for the last year which was approximately 95%.

May I inform you that if you choose to take your child out of school for a holiday/birthday/visit, then the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ – a decision made by the governing body in June 2015.

Parents are still required to complete a ‘Notification of Absence’ form, available from the school office, if taking a holiday during term-time.

The Governing Body is aware that schools now have the capacity to issue Fixed Penalty Notices and whilst this would not be a preferred course of action the Governing Body, in consultation with the Headteacher, would consider this in exceptional circumstances. Please also note that you should not expect your child’s teacher to provide you with work if you take your child out of school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs A Waddington