Attendance is important to us and the children as it is proven that children’s attendance has a significant impact on the progress they make at school.
87.5 per cent of pupils reach Key Stage 2 Level 4 mathematics in schools where pupils average fewer than 7.5 days absence a year — but this drops to 62.1 per cent in schools where average absence is more than 15 days.” (Teachernet 2009).
We understand that children may need to miss school from time to time, but expect those times to be kept to a minimum, the school uses a number of reward strategies to promote good attendance.
Since September 2013, Headteachers’ discretion to authorise term time holidays has been withdrawn and Headteachers are only allowed to authorise absences during term time in EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Term time holiday’s will be recorded as unauthorised. Parents should be aware that an absence of 10 consecutive school sessions (5 school days) will be considered for recommendation to the Local Authority for a Fixed Penalty Notice; this is in line with the shared attendance policy of the Dereham Cluster of Schools.
We welcome all visitors and parents to our school, but ask you to make an appointment if you would like to see a member of the teaching staff. Please make contact first through the school office tel. 01362 693876. The office is staffed from 8.30am to 3.30pm and is manned by Mrs Birchenall, Mrs Burrell and Mrs Houghton, it is most likely that one of these people will be the first you speak to should you answer the phone
Keeping your child well this winter
The Director of Public Health for Norfolk and Waveney (pictured below) has asked us to pass on her simple advice about protecting your child from tummy bugs and flu.
Simple hygiene kills germs
- Hand washing, particularly after using the toilet, is crucial. It is really important to encourage children to do this.
- You just need hot, soapy water – alcohol hand gels and “wet wipes” do not kill some germs
- At home, keeping surfaces clean using hot soapy water can destroy germs.
- Sharing towels and linen spreads germs – washing them at 60° kills germsThere is a very useful “germbusters toolkit” available online www.norfolk.nhs.uk/germbustersIt contains videos, fact files and leaflets about how to prevent the spread of germs and what to do if you or your child falls ill.
When can my child return to school?
Children who fall ill with tummy bugs should not return to school until 48 hours after they were last sick or had diarrhoea. We understand entirely how difficult this can be for families, with work and childcare to manage. A child who is sick might well have caught the illness from someone who was sent back to school before the infectious period had passed. The aim of this advice is to prevent illness spreading within schools and causing more families distress.
If you have the ‘flu then you can usually treat it yourself with advice from your pharmacist, plenty of fluid and rest
I hope this information is helpful to you. We appreciate the efforts you make to keep infections out of school
We do need to know any reason your child is not going to be in school, or if your child is unwell. We ask you to phone us before 9am. Please let us know in advance of any medical appointments your child needs to attend. Leave of absence for any other reason can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, please click here to download a form to request leave of absence during term time
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