Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:
To have fun.
To make new friends.
To experience new things in life.
To develop new skills, build confidence and self-esteem.
We are required, by law, to record the attendance of every child on roll and to show who is absent or late. Figures for attendance and for authorised absence and unauthorised absence have to be sent to Wirral Borough Council (Local Authority) and the Department for Education (UK Government)
Attendance Policy for children with additional heath needs
Attendance Information Leaflet for parents and carers
Support for Families
At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we understand that sometimes it can be more difficult to get your children to school. We offer the following support network to help families:
- Daily Walking Bus around the local area to support families in enabling their children to come to school on time (Please contact the school office to book your child a place on the Walking Bus)
- A phone call from the school office on the first day of absence
- Home visit from our Welfare and Attendance lead if your child’s absence lasts more then 3 days.
- Phone call/meetings with our Family Support Lead if your child’s absence falls below 96% or you need support about your child’s absence.
- Attendance Panels if attendance falls below 90%
If all these steps don’t help to improve your child’s attendance, the school may look to request a penalty notice from the local authority.
How You Can Help From Home
Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
Take family holidays outside term time.
Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive. Ms Shields our Family Support Lead provides support and help to our families.
- We celebrate good attendance 96% or above with a weekly certificate.
- Every week we celebrate each class’ attendance in Awards Assembly by looking at our Attendance League and the ‘Attendance Classopoly’ display board. The classes that achieve 96% or above attendance move along the ‘Attendance Classopoly’ board and win rewards.
- In our shared area there is a display that promotes good attendance and enables the children to track their class attendance score.