Our aim is that every child maintains a good level of attendance as this is important in ensuring that children are able to maximise their opportunities and realise their true potential. As a guide the following figures indicate our expectations:
- 98% excellent attendance
- 95% good attendance
- + 90% satisfactory
- 85-90% poor attendance - this is equivalent to at least ½ day absent per week
- - 85% unacceptable
Obviously there are times when children are unwell or infectious and cannot come to school (we use a guide called The Spotty Book to advise on isolation periods - it stipulates for example 48 hours following a any diarrhea and vomiting). Please keep the school informed; let us know as soon as possible, immediately by text or email, or by telephoning the school office between 09:00 and 09:30.
If possible, try to arrange any dental and doctor's appointments outside of school hours. If you do need to remove your child from class, please keep this to as short a period as possible and let us know beforehand.
The school strongly advises that parents make every attempt not to arrange holidays or to take occasional days leave during school time: amendments to school regulations make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you do intend making a request for an exceptional leave of absence, you need to be aware that the DfE's statutory guidance states that even where leave can be granted, the number of days a child can be away from school should be determined by the headteacher.
The Falmouth Partnership of Schools has agreed a common practice in defining the criteria for determining exceptional leave and has published a common Request for Exceptional Leave Form. This is obtainable from the office or on this website and it is important that you give as much information as possible to help us in our decision. Leave is authorised entirely at the headteacher's discretion.