At Barwic Parade Community Primary School we aim to honour and fulfil the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, this policy refers directly to the following article:
Article 28 - Every Child has a Right to an Education
Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by the parent/carer.
All children are sometimes reluctant to attend school. Any problems with regular attendance are best sorted out between the school, the parents and the child. If a child is reluctant to attend, it is never better to cover up their absence or give in to pressure to excuse them from attending. This gives the impression that attendance does not matter and may make things worse.
Please contact the School Office as early as you can if your child will not be attending school. The School Office is always open after 8.15am. Staff will ask you a few simple questions and may ask for a contact telephone number in case a member of staff needs to talk to you. Work with the staff in resolving any problems together - this is nearly always successful.
Classroom staff are on duty from 8:50am, ready for School to start promptly at 9:00am.
Those children who are not present to answer their names but arrive before 9.30am will be marked as late and the minutes recorded.
Any child arriving later than 9.00am should enter school via the Main School Entrance and report to the School Office. If accompanied, a parent or carer must record a reason for the lateness in the book at the office window. The school system will then also be updated. The child will then be escorted to class by a member of staff. Repeated occasions of late arrival at school will be addressed and support offered to resolve the issue.
Children who do not arrive by 9.30am
The registers close at 9.30am. If you have not made contact with us by 9.30am and your child has not been marked in class, we start to follow a further set of procedures to ensure that this child is safe, which can include visiting the home.
The school can request support from the Attendance Officer at the Local Education Authority. We will always try to resolve the situation by agreement but, if other ways of trying to improve the child's attendance have failed, these officers will use court proceedings to prosecute parents or to seek an Education Supervision Order regarding the child.