We aim to ensure that all children attend school regularly and on time wherever possible to ensure that they are able to make the most of the educational experiences offered at Monkhouse Primary School. We also aim to raise an awareness of the importance of attendance with our families and so to improve the level and profile of attendance.
Why is attendance at school important?
School education lays the vital foundations of a child’s life. Research clearly demonstrates the link between regular attendance and educational progress and attainment. Parent/carers and the school should work in partnership in making education a success and in ensuring that all children have full and equal access to all that the school has to offer. As a school, we will encourage parents and carers to ensure that their child achieves maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent this are identified and acted upon promptly.
Monkhouse Primary School recognises that positive behaviour and good attendance are central to making progress, raising standards and pupil attainment. We expect all children on roll to attend every day when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.
The Government guidelines state that all children are expected to have an attendance of at least 97%. Every term, we reward good attendance with certificates and prizes.
If a child is absent parents MUST
Contact school by 9am on the first morning of absence Telephone 0191 3000490, which also has a 24 hour answering machine
Call into the school office to report the absence
If no reason is received, the office staff will attempt to make contact by phone/text or undertake a home visit.
If contact is not possible, the parent will receive a letter from the office staff. The reply slip MUST be completed and returned or the absence will be unauthorised.
Wherever possible ALL medical appointments must be made out of school hours. It is unfair to the child to be leaving or arriving half-way through a lesson. We understand that a lot of hospital appointments are allocated and unable to be changed. Dentist, Doctor or Optician appointments can be made at times convenient to the child. Medical appointment letters/cards must be given to the office so they may be copied and held in your child's file.
All time taken outside statutory school holidays will be unauthorised by the school, unless in exceptional circumstances (see Policy). An absence notification request form must be completed and returned to school. These are available from the school office.
There were 25 children who had 100% attendance and a further 53 children with 98% attendance and above last year. Well done to them! Certificates and prizes are awarded each term for attendance of 96% and above.
New for 2020-21, in addition to certificates and prizes, all children who achieve 98% attendance or above at the end of the year will be invited to a special celebration event. Best class attendance is awarded each week with the winners having an extra play session and best class attendance is awarded each term.