Good school attendance is essential for good progress and achievement. We want all of our pupils to achieve their potential and they cannot do this if they are not in school every day. They should only be absent from school when it is absolutely necessary.
If your child is absent from school please inform the school office by 8:30am on 02380 773363. If we have not heard from you, we will need to contact you to establish your child’s whereabouts. Failure to inform school of the reason will result in the absence being recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and it will appear as such on the child’s annual report.
Please make sure that all absence is kept to a minimum and that your child returns to school as soon as possible. The chart below shows what is considered good attendance.
Rewarding Excellent Attendance
We recognise that many, in fact most children at Newlands Primary School show excellent attendance and we aim to reward all children who attend school punctually and regularly.
All children who show 100% attendance and punctuality in a week will be entered into a raffle, where a draw will take place during merit assembly and the winners can choose a prize from the treasure box. If a child shows 100% attendance over a two week period, their name will be entered into a raffle where they could win a cinema voucher for the family. If a child shows 100% attendance over the year, their names are entered into a raffle that is drawn where a child from KS1 and a child from KS2 can win a bicycle with accessories.
The top attending classes each week are rewarded with an extra playtime. All children who show 100% attendance and punctuality over a full term are rewarded with an attendance treat.
Leave of Absence
In line with government policy, we do not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time. If you take your child out of school for a holiday, you risk the local authority issuing a penalty notice or pursuing a prosecution. Please fill in the leave of absence form if you are planning to take a leave of absence for any reason during the school term.