Why is regular school attendance so important for my child?
Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life. Schools can also help your child's social skills, such as making and keeping friendships. A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.
The links between attendance and attainment are clear. The more a pupil is in school the more they increase their opportunity to fulfil their potential.
The school, by law has to take a register of pupils first thing in the morning and at some point in the afternoon. The Government advises that schools can keep the register open for up to 30 minutes (although this can be set at a shorter period of time).
If a pupil is late but the register is still open, they are marked late. If a pupil arrives late and the register is closed, without a satisfactory explanation, it may be classed as an unauthorised absence, this may lead to prosecution for not ensuring regular/punctual school attendance.
But - "Better late than never"
Holidays during term time
There is no right time to have a holiday during term time, as your child is missing out on learning time. The law says that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for holiday leave during term time. This is supported by Newport City Council policy and Welsh Government policy.
How can I help my child attend school regularly?
Talk to your child about school
Take a positive interest in your child's work, including homework
Make use of school planner
Keep in touch with school staff
Contact school on the first day if absence if your child is unable to attend for whatever reason
Attend Parents' Evening and other school events
Liaise with our Family Engagement Officer for help and advice.
Punctuality – the importance of arriving on time.
Arriving at school at the right time is important, not only because the children come to realise the importance of punctuality but also because of safety reasons. If children are late they also miss valuable learning opportunities.
The register is called as soon as the children enter the classroom in the morning and dinner numbers are counted and sent to the office. The school day then begins.
Pupils who arrive at school after the gates have closed must be brought to the main entrance and signed in by a parent.
If a child arrives at school after the register has been closed this will be marked as an unauthorised absence. The Education Welfare officer regularly monitors attendance and punctuality.