Every School Day Counts
The Ferrars Academy expects all children to attend 100% of the time so that they can form and maintain friendships, fully participate in school life, enjoy the different experiences, and achieve to their potential in all their learning and activities.
Whether to keep your child off school due to illness can be a difficult judgment call to make, especially first thing in the morning.
Sometimes it’s obvious that a child needs to be at home in bed but very often it’s not so clear. “Will I be criticised for sending a coughing, sneezing child into school?” If in doubt, send them into school, particularly for minor ailments such as coughs, headaches, runny noses etc. Then as the day progresses, if they are too unwell the school will send them home.
This not only encourages resilience but says to your child how important school is. Parents who adopt this approach are unlikely to have a problem as their child gets older as the value for good attendance has been instilled at an early age.
If your child needs to be absent from school please:
- Call the Academy on 01582 573641 each day and give a reason for the absence.
These should be made outside of school time wherever possible. Occasionally appointments need to be made inside school time and the child should be present in school before and after, if possible. They should also bring proof of the appointment e.g. appointment card or hospital letter to the Attendance Officer for the absence to be authorised. It is the school who authorise absence when they accept the reason given by a parent/carer.
Monitoring procedures for Low Attendance and Poor Punctuality
Children that continue to have attendance below 97% or poor punctuality will be referred to the Family Worker who will arrange a home visit to discuss these issues and make referrals to the school nursing team/health professionals or other agencies if required. Continued concerns will result in a referral to the Education Welfare Service.
For any queries regarding your child’s attendance please contact:
Mrs S O'Connor - Attendance Officer
Miss M Jennings - Family Worker on 01582 573641 or Education Welfare Service on 01582 548174