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The Shrubbery School, Sutton Coldfield
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Absence

Attendance

Here at The Shrubbery School we are working in partnership with parents to improve school attendance.   We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly. 

It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education. 

Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Are you aware that children who do not attend regularly:

  • do not achieve as well as they could in exams
  • find it difficult to maintain friendships
  • miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work

You may be aware that Head Teachers may not authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional.  If your child takes leave that has not been authorised by the Head Teacher, it will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised.

The procedure for notifying absence is a phone call on the first day of illness followed by a letter to the class teacher upon return. Where possible medical appointments should be made outside of school hours or if this is unavoidable please send in a letter in advance or a copy of your child appointment letter. Any considerations for absence due to exceptional circumstances should be put in writing for the attention of Mrs Atkins.

If your child’s level of absence is of concern you will receive a letter advising you about improving attendance.

Please remember that parental illness, going shopping, visiting family, not wanting to go to school are not acceptable reasons to be absent. All of these will be recorded as unauthorised absence, including if your child arrives at school after the close of registration.

Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school, friendship with peers and support from staff can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

 

How does your child compare?

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed

95%

9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons

90%

18 days

4 weeks

100 lessons

85%

27 days

5 weeks

125 lessons

80%

36 days

7 weeks

175 lessons

Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life. 

 

Again, we would like to thank those parents who make sure their child is attending school regularly and are therefore benefiting fully from their educational opportunity.