We have recently revised our procedures and will be working with parents and carers and the Waltham Forest Education Welfare Service alongside our Education Welfare Officer Ms Claudette Shaw to improve attendance and punctuality at Buxton School. This is because research has shown regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in children achieving their full potential. Buxton School is committed to providing a full and efficient education to all, and encouraging our children to strive for excellence. Therefore, for a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of attendance is essential.
We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the school every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at Buxton School.
The target attendance figure for all pupils is 100%. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. Your child will be informed of their attendance group.
Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement, but it is vital for children to maximize their learning, and achieve their full potential here at Buxton School. There are a number of important steps that you can take to ensure your child maintains a high level of attendance:
- Ensure your child attends every day, on time, equipped and ready to learn.
- Ensure the school has up to date addresses and telephone numbers. We will contact you by text or by telephone if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. This ensures that we can contact you about your child, and also can contact you in an emergency situation.
- If your child is ill, contact the school. Please make sure you phone the school’s attendance officers Ms Collins (Primary) on 0208 534 3425 Ms Preston (Secondary) on 020 8221 3014 every day your child is absent.
- If no contact is received regarding the absence, it is recorded as Ultimately the school is responsible for deciding if the absence is acceptable or not. You will be asked to provide medical evidence if your child has a poor attendance record.
- Ensure that medical appointments are made outside of school time. If this is not possible, your child needs to register at the school before they are taken to the medical appointment. We will need to see medical evidence upon return.
- Avoid trivial absence such as, ‘buying new shoes’. This would not be accepted as a reasonable absence.
- Holidays should not be taken in school time. Holidays will not be authorised unless the circumstance is exceptional, and may result in a fixed penalty notice.
- Respond to school letters or telephone calls regarding attendance and punctuality.
- Speak to your child’s Tutor, Attendance Officer or Head of Year if you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child into the school.
Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Buxton School.
Ms L Williams – Assistant Headteacher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms M Preston – Senior Attendance Officer (email@example.com)
Ms C Shaw – Educational Welfare Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)