At Greenleas Primary School we recognise the importance of good attendance and expect all children on roll to attend every day as long as they are well enough to do so. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from education it is essential that they attend school regularly and punctually. They should only be absent from school when it is absolutely necessary. Children are only expected to attend school for 190 days each academic year. At Greenleas Primary School there is a minimum expectation of 97% attendance over an academic school year.
We believe that children will attend school regularly if it is a happy and secure place and we work hard to create an environment where every child is valued.
School absence will disrupt a child’s learning and may affect their academic progress. It may also disrupt their friendships and impact on their social and emotional development. Children may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly.
School attendance is given a high profile throughout the school because we know how important it is. It is discussed at school assemblies, parents’ evenings, staff meetings and governors’ meetings. It is also included in school reports and newsletters. We also provide visual displays highlighting the importance of good attendance and punctuality in prominent positions within the school.
Once enrolled at a school parents have a legal responsibility as outlined in The Education Act 1996 to ensure that their child attends regularly and on time.