Attendance…Lateness…Appointments

ATTENDANCE… at Ercall wood is monitored on a weekly basis by our on site Education Welfare Officer (EWO), we pride ourselves on been proactive and keeping our attendance at a high level to meet the targets set by the local authority. Parents /carers of young people who have low levels of attendance could be subjected to legal action been taken against them by the local authority. Early intervention by the EWO and staff helps to maintain good levels of attendance for all year groups.

Why is regular attendance so important?

Research shows that students with higher levels of school attendance are more likely to benefit from education, achieve better examination results and go on to have more successful careers

Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life. School can also help your child’s social skills, such as making and keeping friendships.

Similarly, irregular or poor attendance at school can lead to top students underachieving and underperforming in examinations and therefore have a detrimental effect upon their careers.

LATENESS…every child is expected to arrive at school no later than 8.50am each school day. If a young person arrives late for registration more than once a week they will be issued with either a break time or after school detention. It is asked that you contact school if you are aware that your child is going to be late. If they arrive after 9.30am they will be coded as unauthorised late.

APPOINTMENTS…we understand that most young people will be subject to doctors/dentist/ hospital appointments at some time, however we do request that where possible these are made at the beginning or the end of the school day. We do ask that your child where possible returns to school after any appointment and does not take the whole school day off.

To report an absence please contact Julie Cartwright Attendance Clerk on 01952 387336
To speak about any attendance related issues please contact Stuart Will on 01952 387342 or 01952 387300

What the Law says:
Full school attendance is vital for our children’s educational progress and the local authority expects all parents and carers to ensure their children attend school to achieve their maximum potential. Following a change in government legislation the school is no longer authorised to allow any leave except in extenuating circumstances which are agreed by the Headteacher.

Parents do not have any right to have leave of absence during the term and if their request is refused the absence will not be authorised and legal action such as a fixed penalty notice may be issued. This could be a fine of a minimum of £60.00 for each child, per parent (e.g. the total fine for two children with two parents would be £240). You are also at risk of having your children taken off the school roll.