At Yatton Schools we believe that good attendance is important for a pupil to have the best chance to attain well and make the best possible progress. We know that for children to gain the greatest benefit from their education, they need to attend school regularly and every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is absolutely unavoidable. Those pupils with good attendance tend to make better progress, both academically and socially; regular absence can lead to a considerable amount of lost learning and may seriously affect a child’s progress. Poor attendance can also sometimes affect a child’s social and emotional development, including the maintaining of friendships.

We monitor attendance levels of all pupils regularly. If your child’s absence rate becomes a concern, we will be sending out letters to remind you of the importance of good attendance; we may wish to discuss with you ways we can reduce absences and see if there is anything we can do to help. We do acknowledge that each family’s circumstances are different and that there are often very valid reasons for a child’s absence – of course, there are clearly times when a child is so poorly they should not be in school. We are just asking you to consider carefully whether your child really needs to be off school and support us in valuing good attendance.

We are exploring ways to work with parents/carers to encourage good attendance. We wish to recognise and celebrate high levels of attendance by awarding certificates to those pupils who achieve 100% attendance in a term. A special certificate and small prize will be presented to children who manage 100% attendance over the year. We will also look to praise and recognise those children whose attendance improves notably over time.

 Holidays in term time

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, following amendments to the law, we are no longer allowed to authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. Requests for absence relating to exceptional significant family events or circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.

If absence is taken without permission, this will be recorded as unauthorised in the school register and on the school attendance records. In such situations, the school has the option of requesting that a Penalty Notice is issued.

Please read the School’s Attendance Policy for more information.