Attendance policy

Children learn when they are in school

We feel it is very important for all pupils to attend school every day and arrive on time so that no valuable lesson time is missed.

Good attendance at school is important for your child’s education and establishes a positive working ethos early in life.  It is essential that the school is informed of the reasons for absence. Under current government legislation, unauthorised absence is regarded as truancy and all absence figures have to be reported to the LA and the DfES and are recorded on a child’s annual report. It is also important that your child arrives on time for school, as the start of the day establishes the learning activities for the day. Lateness is recorded in the register.

Our absence numbers are monitored very closely and the figures are checked by our Educational Welfare Officer.

For sickness

When your child is unwell please call the school on the first morning of absence by 9.30am. We will require a letter, explaining the reason why the child is not at school, on the child’s return. If your child has been sick or has had a temperature it is important they stay at home for 24 hours.

For out of school dental and medical treatment

Please let the school office know in writing, in advance of the date and time of the appointment and when your child will be collected from and/or returned to school.

For family holidays during term time

All family holidays must not be taken during school time. If a request is to be made it must be submitted, in writing, to the Headteacher. Authorisation is at the discretion of the Governing Body and factors such as school attendance will be taken into consideration.

Fast track to improved attendance

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Montbelle School are following Government guidance and implementing the‘Fast Track’ scheme.

The scheme requires that all problems which would affect a pupil’s school attendance be dealt with promptly.  Therefore if your child meets the criteria you will be informed by letter and will be required to discuss this matter further with us.

In order to avoid any confusion if your child is away for legitimate reasons please ensure you follow this guidance

– Wherever possible make any dentist/doctor/hospital appointments outside of school hours.

– Do not keep your child away from school if there is an issue in school; contact the school to discuss the problem with a senior member of staff.

– Do not keep your child away from school for unnecessary reasons, i.e. birthdays, holidays, relatives’ visits, shopping trips, your own ill health.

For Information –  Failure to ensure regular and punctual school attendance may result in the issuing of a penalty notice under Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and/or prosecution under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.