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Samuel Laycock School

Attendance and absence

Maximising pupil attendance is a priority for everyone at school. If your child is going to be absent because they are too ill to learn or has an essential appointment that can't be rearranged to outside of school time you must let school know by 9am. We have to establish where every pupil is every day to make sure they are safe.  Please see the attachment below that gives advice on when your child needs to be off school due to illness.

All evidence suggests that it is one of the key factors in how well a child does at school. Maintaining a regular routine of attendance is essential. Samuel Laycock School encourages high attendance including through a reward trip each term for 100% attendance. Where pupil attendance drops below acceptable levels we will seek to support families in restoring good levels of attendance and will work closely with medical professionals if the cause is related to health. Where absolutely necessary, in the interests of the child, we will work within the legal framework to ensure acceptable rates of attendance- including, reluctantly, referral for fines. Please be aware that, due to government guidance, it is not normally possible to authorise family holidays in school time. The Government also advises that, if a pupil does go on holiday without authorisation, this is likely to result in referral to the Local Authority for them to consider issuing a fine.