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Absence


Ofsted and the DFE monitor the attendance of pupils closely in schools nationally. Unfortunately, Claydon Primary has been noted as having low attendance. Overall, for the last few years our pupil attendance has been lower than the national average and for some groups of pupils, (boys, those who are eligible for free school meals, and those with SEN), attendance is particularly low. Nationally, the average absence for all pupils is 4% - this equates to 7½ days absence during the whole school year for each child.

Please help us to work together to improve our attendance.

Congratulations to 3GD and 6ET who were the winning classes for our Attendance Challenge in the Spring and Summer terms, 2017.

Congratulations to the 21 pupils who had 100% attendance for 2017-18. Well done!



Important Information:
If your child is unwell then we request that you keep them off school until they are completely better.

We request that parents inform the school on the first day of an absence - messages can be left on our telephone. If the illness continues, we request a letter on the child's return to school.

If children feel unwell at school the teacher will initially keep a close eye on them, monitoring their well-being. Depending on their age they will then make a decision on their behalf or in consultation with them as to whether they need to go home. If your child is in distress, seriously hurt or very unwell we will contact you immediately. In order that we can contact parents or carers at all times during the school day, we request that telephone contact numbers are updated when any changes are made.

Our school registers are closely checked and monitored by the Educational Welfare Officer and support is offered to families to improve attendance of children where necessary. The Local Authority issues Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence. Please note that absence for holidays is only authorised in the most exceptional circumstances - absence for holiday is not a right.


Our Attendance Policy can be found on the policies page.
For more information about Fixed Penalty Notices read this newsletter.