Danecourt School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all pupils. Regular attendance is critical if pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.
One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. We actively promote 100% attendance for all pupils and have recently introduced a new attendance initiative in order to promote good attendance and punctuality.
The Governors, Head Teacher and staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance for all pupils.
Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them. Poor attendance undermines their education and sometimes, puts pupils at risk, encouraging anti-social behaviour.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent. This is a safeguarding requirement so that all parties know that your child is safe. Parents should regularly update the school and inform on when their child is returning.
You can inform the school of your child’s absence:
Via the pupil absence email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via the main telephone number: 01634 232589
Pupil Absence From School
If your child is absent from school it is important that you contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of non attendance to give the reason for their absence.
If your child is attending an appointment please send in a copy of the appointment letter, where possible, for our records.
It is important that if pupils are suffering from sickness and/or diarrhoea they should not return to school until 48 hours after the symptoms cease. This will stop the risk of infection to others pupils and staff.
Pupils Leave of Absence (holiday during term time)
Due to amendments to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, and the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 that came into force on 1 September 2013 schools ‘may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances’.
For more information please see the letter from Medway Council attached to this article.