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Letter to Parents Regarding Attendance

By 10 January 2023No Comments

Dear Parent/Carer,

Happy New Year, it is fantastic to have the students back in school and I would like to take the opportunity to send a reminder about our attendance expectations and our policies and procedures in relation to student absence.

Attendance at school is important and recent research shows pupils with the highest rates of with the highest attainment at the end of key stage 4 have higher rates of attendance over the key stage. Missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. At Sharples we encourage all pupils to strive for 100% attendance; every day and every lesson counts.

Our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential. This letter is to remind all parents/carers regarding the law that requires them to ensure that their child attends school regularly. All schools in the country must follow Department for Education guidance regarding attendance and it clearly states that no child should miss school apart from in exceptional circumstances and schools must continue to take steps to reduce absence to support children’s attainment. Dental and medical appointments should be made outside of school hours where possible.

If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, for safeguarding purposes, it is imperative that you phone school or email before 9.30am to inform us.

When absence first becomes a concern, Sharples will send an attendance letter to parents / carers. If absence continues, we will invite you in for a meeting with the school to put an action plan in place to improve attendance.

If there are any issues preventing attendance, please communicate with us.

I hope we can count on your support in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully

Mrs C.Wood
Assistant Headteacher


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