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Please refer to the school’s attendance policy, which can be found here

http://www.ditton-jun.kent.sch.uk/policies/

 

Reporting your child’s absence

 

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Poor attendance undermines their education and, sometimes, puts pupils at risk which can encourage anti-social behaviour.

 

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent and all subsequent absences. This can be done by phoning the School Office (01732 843446) before 9am. Parents must explain the specific nature of the child’s illness. It is NOT sufficient to say that their child is absent because they are “unwell” This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe. Parents must phone the school every morning until their child returns to school.

If your child is absent and we have not been informed the school office will contact you by telephone or text. Please respond as soon as possible so we know that your child is safe.

 

Pupils are expected to arrive by 8.55am and 1.00pm for the afternoon session. All pupils who arrive late must report, with their parent, to the School Office, where the reason for lateness will be recorded.

 

If your child has a medical appointment, please provide a copy of the appointment letter in advance. If this is not possible, please inform us in writing of the appointment.

 

If you wish to request to take your child out of school during term time the Headteacher may authorise absence in “exceptional circumstances” but this must be requested in advance by writing to the Headteacher.

 

Please ensure that you have read the school’s Attendance Policy before writing the letter. Agreement to each request is at the discretion of the Head Teacher, acting on behalf of the Governing Body (Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006). Each case will be judged on its merits and the Headteacher’s decision is final. Once the decision not to authorise leave is taken, it cannot be authorised retrospectively.

 

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