target for the children is 94%. This is the national average.
Unfortunately, our attendance currently is only 91.6% and
we must improve on this. Many of our pupils attend school
regularly but we have a number who don’t. This is what we
need to do:
1. Holidays in
term time have made a significant dent in our attendance rates.
Family holidays - should only be taken in school holidays.
Although I understand the factors which lead parents to book
holidays when hotels and flights might be substantially cheaper,
please also think about the effect which a long absence can
have on children's progression at school. It is also sad when
children miss out on opportunities to take part in special
events at Christmas and at the end of school year. We are
unable to authorise extended family holidays in term time
any more. Please do not ask us to do so.
2. Regular medical
appointments for your child’s special needs – please let us
know in advance, as these can be authorised.
3. Prolonged time
off school with a medical need associated with your child’s
SEN— – please give us your email address and we can provide
some work for your child to do. This absence can then be authorised.
absence – please tell us exactly what sickness your child
has e.g. vomiting or high temperature etc. We have to say
in the register why your child is absent, so please phone
us, text us, write to us or use the link book Alexandra has
to follow these requirements and our registers are monitored
regularly by Harrow and by the Government Department for Education.
Please do your
part, to help us.
The rules on safeguarding
nationally have been significantly tightened up, in the light
of some recent tragedies. For us this means many things, but
in particular, any parent coming on site at any time of day
must sign in and collect an I.D badge. I know it seems unnecessary,
but it is what we now have to do, so please cooperate with