It is the legal responsibility under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 that ‘the parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient, full-time education’. It is also the duty of staff in line with our safeguarding policies to encourage good attendance and punctuality.
Consequently, parents should ensure that their children attend school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable. The school has a legal duty to publish its absence figures to parents and to promote attendance. Equally, parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend.
In addition at Kirkstall St Stephen’s Primary School we believe that in order for our pupils to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly.
Why good attendance and punctuality is so important?
Regular attendance enhances the learning opportunities that students have, therefore greatly increasing their chances of being successful. Poor attendance and punctuality often leads to lack of self-esteem, disaffection and can have an adverse effect on a school leaver’s achievement.
Your child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility and within the context of this school,
promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child encompasses: - Attendance Behaviour Management Health and Safety Access to the Curriculum Anti- bullying. Failing to attend this school on a regular basis will be considered as a safeguarding matter.