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Attendance and Absence

Regular and punctual school attendance is important.

Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law.

Chillingham Road Primary fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.

Children at Chillingham Road attend school for 190 days every year. That means they have 175 days off every year.

Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Head teacher and Governors at our school work together with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported to develop excellent attendance habits.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are absent from school frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations.

A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will (over their time at primary school) have missed two whole terms of learning. The term Persistent Absenteeism is used for those families who allow their children to fall below 90%.

If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, you will be asked to attend a meeting with a member of our attendance team and sign a parenting contract that will include a 4 week legal monitoring period. We will include the opinions and feelings of your child as a starting point to this discussion and contract.

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