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Attendance & Illness

School Attendance

Every Day Counts

Good attendance is the key to successful schooling.

Going to school every day means:

  • Learning new skills
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Taking part in fun activities
  • Developing confidence and resilience

Our doors open at 8.35am and registration closes at 8.50am

Every Minute Counts

Pupils arriving on time have the chance to settle into the day and complete their early morning activities which are crucial to learning for the rest of the day. Good time-keeping is a vital life skill which will help children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world.

Did you know?

Missing just 7 mins of school every day is the same as missing a whole week over the year!

90% attendance is equivalent to missing 100 hour-long lessons and a whole month over the year.

How School Can Help?

Every term, parents and carers are informed of their child’s attendance %.  When necessary, attendance meetings are held to discuss ways that home and school can work together to improve children’s attendance. Sometimes external agencies can help and action plans are created.

If you would like advice about your child’s health, you can also contact our school nursing team:

Absence From School

Please telephone the school office if your child cannot attend school and follow the NHS guidelines below.

Potential COVID-19 Symptoms

If children have any of the recognised COVID symptoms, it is recommended they stay at home for 3 days. If they are well enough, it is expected they will continue their learning from home via Google Classroom.

Good ventilation, respiratory and hand hygiene remain essential. Hand sanitizer is still readily available around school and children are using this before eating and after sneezing.

Recognised Covid symptoms in children include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means feeling hot to touch on their chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

Other Illnesses

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We can administer prescription medicine to your child, with your signed consent, following the instructions on the label. Please complete a medical form from the office.

Absence Definitions

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons absent from school for good reasons, like illness or medical/ dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time. Evidence of appointments will need to be provided.

Unauthorised absences are those which school do not consider reasonable and may lead to Essex County Council issuing a penalty notice e.g. birthday, shopping trip, being unable to participate in a PE lesson, parent illness.