Federation of Farnham and Rickling

Attendance Matters

I hope this provides you with information about attendance and how you can make sure your child has as good attendance as possible.

EVERY day at school counts.

This table of information shows you how important it is that all children have good attendance to make sure they don’t miss any vital learning. 

(This information has been provided by Brighton & Hove Council.)

                                                    EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNTS!                                                       
                         175 Non-School Days a Year - i.e. Weekends and School Holidays
                                                       190 school days in each year

 

 

 

190 school     

days in each

year

10 days         

absence       

 

180 days

of

education

19 days      

absence        

 

 171 days

of

education

 28 days         

 absence        

 

 161 days

of

education

  38 days

 absence      

 

 152 days

 of

education

 47 days

 absence       

 

 143 days

of

education

100%

attendance

 

95%

attendance

90%

attendance

85%

attendance

80%

attendance

75%

attendance

GOOD

Best chance of success            

WORRYING

Less chance of success            

Makes it harder to make

progress

SERIOUS CONCERN

Absence will affect your         

childs progress

Action will be taken

  Attendance Update! 

At the present time our overall attendance is 94.87% .  

The national average is 94.7%. 

I am proud of our attendance but I am also confident we can do better.  I look forward to working with you closely to improve this figure throughout your child’s time at school.

 

But what if my child is ill?

 

Of course children are ill on occasions and when this is the case we readily accept that being at home is the best place to be.

 

Children can’t help being ill and as a school we want all our children to be well and healthy to able to learn happily and confidently when they are here.  However this traffic light system is a really useful guide to help you to decide when to send your child to school

 

 

RED - STAY AT HOME

  • Raised temperature (of over 37.5)
  • Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses such as chickenpox and measles. If your child has a rash, check with your GP before sending them to school.
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with these conditions can return to school 48 hours after their symptoms have settled.

AMBER - TAKE ADVICE

  • Headaches. A child with a minor headache does not usually need to be kept off school.
  • If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep your child at home and consult your GP.

GREEN - COME TO SCHOOL*

  • Cough
  • Cold 
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling tired

 *We will always contact you if your child becomes ill during the school day.

If your child is too unwell to attend school...

 

Please phone the

Rickling school office on 01799 543274 or email admin@rickling.essex.sch.uk

or

Farnham school office on 01279 771339 or admin@farnham.sch.uk

ASAP to inform the school that your child is absent and to explain the cause of the absence. The school will ask about the nature of the illness and the expected duration of the absence.

 

If we don’t receive your phone call, we will phone home to ascertain your child’s whereabouts and reason for absence.

 

Please phone on subsequent days if your child is away for more than 1 day.

Written notification needs to be sent into school on the first day back.

 

 

Holidays in Term Time

As a school we do not authorise holidays in term time unless there are unique and compelling exceptional circumstances.

 

As you already know every day in school counts.  If you need to request a holiday in term time please put your request in writing to Mr Gardiner and fill out an absence request form available from the school office or here via the following link:  

 

PDF icon  Request for Leave of Absence Form