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Plaxtol Primary School
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Attendance

Absence 

 

Plaxtol School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils.  Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them; there is a proven correlation between good attendance, attainment and progress.

 

Generally children whose attendance is 95% or above:

  • make better progress, both socially and academically
  • find it easier to cope with school routines and school
  • have an easier transfer to secondary school.

All schools must report their termly attendance percentages to the Department for Education and our Local Authority closely monitors these figures.

 

At Plaxtol School, one of our basic principles is to celebrate success.  We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils and will shortly be introducing awards to promote good attendance and punctuality.

 

It is acknowledged that a great majority of our families ensure that their children attend school regularly. Thank you.

 

Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance. There are 190 school days in a year and our overall school target for this year is 96%.

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time. Please telephone the school before the start of the school day if your child is unexpectedly absent. This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe.

 

If a child is absent and we have not been notified in advance, we will contact you by telephone. We ask that you notify the school in writing of any planned absence in advance. This should only be for medical appointments. If you need your child to be absent from school for any other reason then permission must be sought from the Headteacher in advance. Absence for holidays during the school term is not permitted.

 

Punctuality

 

The school day begins at 8.55am. If your child is late you must sign him/her in at Reception. Please help your child to be as punctual as possible to avoid disruption to their own learning and that of their class. 

 

Unusually high absence/lateness

 

This is monitored by the school and if of concern the Headteacher may need to involve the Education Welfare Service.

 

For more information please see the School's Attendance Policy.

 

Good attendance and satisfactory attendance:
 
99%= not more than 2 days a year absent
98% = not more than 4 days a year absent
97% = not more than 6 days a year absent
96% = not more than 8 days a year absent


  • Plaxtol Primary School
  • School Lane, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks, Kent
  • England, TN15 0QD
  • Tel: 01732 810200
  • Email: office@plaxtol.kent.sch.uk
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