Attendance & Absence
Absence - Attendance Records
Under government regulations, schools are required to record all absences of children from school. Any child who is absent from school will have to be marked in the registers as an "unauthorised absence" unless we have received a phone call or note from parents/carers telling us a valid reason for the child's absence. Registers are checked on a daily basis and parents/carers whose children have had a lot of "unauthorised" absences will be invited to a meeting with the Headteacher to discuss ways of improving attendance.
If a child is absent through illness or a visit to the doctors or dentist, etc., this will be marked as an "authorised absence" provided we receive a phone call and a note of explanation. A copy of your appointment card or letter is also required. Verbal messages from other children cannot be accepted. Please send a note, ring the school or call to make sure the message gets through. Please remember that after sickness or diarrhoea, it is important you keep your child at home for at least 48 hours.
Infectious diseases, i.e. mumps, measles, chicken pox or German measles, should be notified as soon as possible. If your child is absent from school we would be grateful if you could let the school office know by 9.00 am to explain the absence. This is to ensure the safety of your child and to comply with the Department for Children, Schools and Families register requirements. If we do not hear from you by 9.00 am we will telephone home for an explanation. Persistent lateness or absences may result in a visit from the Educational Welfare Officer. Any unexplained absence will unfortunately have to be recorded as unauthorised.
At Stamford Bridge Primary School we are committed to working with all other Wonder Learning Partnership schools to reduce the number of school days missed due to term time holidays. This agreement has been drawn up and published as an exceptional circumstances policy that all head teachers adhere to when considering any parental requests. Term time holidays are not permitted except in certain exceptional circumstances. The office staff will be able to inform you of these.