ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
At Claremont, we care about your child’s attendance because we see what a positive effect excellent attendance has on your child’s emotional, social and educational development.
Throughout the year, we recognise and reward children for their good attendance and we would like to thank all parents/carers who make every effort to get their children to school every day and on time.
Currently, we are operating a staggered start to the beginning of the school day. The school gates open at 8.45 am and close at 9.05 am. Pupils will travel directly to their classrooms to begin their learning. Children arriving between 9.05 am and 9.15 am are recorded as late and children who arrive after 9.15 am are marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning session. This may result in the Local Authority issuing a penalty notice. If your child arrives late for school by just 5 minutes every day, this adds up to 3 days of unauthorised absence during a school year.
If a child is absent from school, we ask you to telephone or text school on the first day of the absence, explaining the reason for the absence.
Holidays will not be authorised under any circumstances and leave of absence during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Medical appointments are expected to be made outside of school hours or during the 12 weeks of school holidays.
Please note, the registers are monitored daily by ourselves and the Education Welfare Service and Penalty Notices may be issued to persistent absentees.