Attendance and Absence
It is the responsibility of parents of a child of school age to make sure that their child is educated. Most do this by sending their child to school regularly. Attendance is recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon.
Absence from school is recorded as authorised, that is approved by the education authority, or as unauthorised, that is unexplained by the parent (truancy).
Please let the school know by letter or phone if your child is likely to be absent. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents / carers, the absence will be regarded as unauthorised. All pupils returning from absence must bring a note of explanation indicating the period of absence and signed by the parent.
Please make every effort to avoid family holidays during term time as this disrupts your child’s education and reduces learning time. The headteacher can approve absence from school for a family holiday in certain extreme situations, for example, in traumatic domestic circumstances where the holiday would improve the cohesion and wellbeing of the family. Please discuss your plans with the headteacher before the holiday. If the headteacher does not give permission before the holiday, it will be recorded as unauthorised absence. The headteacher may also exercise discretion when a parent can prove that work commitments make a family holiday impossible during school holiday times. Normally, your employer will need to provide evidence of your work commitments. Absence approved by the headteacher on this basis is regarded as authorised absence.
Parents from minority ethnic religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to celebrate recognised religious events. Absence approved by the headteacher on this basis is regarded as authorised absence. Extended leave can also be granted on request for families returning to their country of origin for cultural or care reasons.
A supportive approach is taken to unexplained absence. However the education authority has legal powers to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel, if necessary.
House teams monitor attendance on a monthly basis. Where attendance of a pupil causes concern and/ or is seen to deteriorate, the Depute House Head will make contact with parents/ carers to seek support for improvement.
All pupils are expected to attend school punctually each day, arrive prior to the warning bell at 8.35am. Pupils who arrive late report to the School Office where a lateness slip is issued. Persistent late coming is investigated by House staff and appropriate action taken.
An automated telephone message is sent if a pupil has been late for school.