Punctuality is very important. Involve your child in establishing good routines to ensure that being ready for the day and getting to school on time is as stress free as possible. Late arrivals are recorded at the office and persistent lateness will lead to a meeting with the headteacher.
Attendance and punctuality are regularly reviewed in the school. Action will be taken in cases of poor attendance and persistent lateness. Where there is no improvement a referral may be made to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service which may lead to a meeting being called with the family. It is within the power of the Missing Education and Child Employment Service to initiate court proceedings against parents if a child’s attendance is very poor and does not improve.
Parents seeking advice on attendance and help if you are experiencing difficulties getting your child to school should speak to the school in the first instance.
Further information is available in the Attendance Policy, Appendix C – Essex Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices November 2017 and letter to parents September 2017.