Cathkin Primary School and Nursery

Absence Policy

Attendance at School

In our approach to raising achievement it is recognised that attendance at school is something that should be continuously encouraged. Parents/carers, children and the school all have a part to play in encouraging and stressing the importance of attendance at school.

Every effort should be made to ensure that your child attends school during term time. Please contact the school should your child be unable to attend school.

 All absences from school are required by law to be recorded. Absences will normally fall under two categories – authorised or unauthorised absence. In cases where your child is unable to attend school parents are asked to: –

  • if you know in advance of any reason why your child is likely to be absent from school, please tell someone at the school, telephone us or let us know in writing.
  • notify the school first thing in the morning when your child is going to be absent. Let the school know the likely date of return and keep them informed if the date changes;

Please note that school staff will contact parents and carers if your child is absent and there has been no communication from home.

 If children become ill while they are at school, we will contact you using these details, and ask that you plan for your child to be taken home.

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