Last year our attendance figures were outstanding. This is because parents supported us by not withdrawing their children from their education to go on holiday in term time. There is a definite link between a child’s attendance and their achievement in school. I fully appreciate that these are difficult financial times but please avoid taking your children out of school for holidays as this gives children the message that learning in school is not important.
Contrary to what some parents believe, absence for holidays is ALWAYS unauthorised unless there are extenuating circumstances, as explained on the absence request form which MUST be completed in advance of any leave.
Parents should also be aware that absence information is passed to secondary schools upon request and checked on regular visits by the Educational Welfare Officer.