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Late/Absence Procedures

Studies have shown that children learn best and feel more confident when they attend school regularly and punctually. The school has high expectations regarding pupil attendance and punctuality. We expect pupils to attend every day, when school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.  We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end, we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children.  


Pupil absences are carefully monitored by Carmarthenshire LEA as the school uses a computerised registration system which records attendance in both morning and afternoon session. This system also tracks attendance patterns, authorised and unauthorised. 


Absence ProceduresIn the event that a child is absent from school, parents are asked to telephone or email the school to advise of the reason for absence. If there is no contact from a parent/guardian, a text message, email or telephone call will be made by the school to find out where your child is. To avoid an absence being unauthorised, please ensure that you follow these procedures. Any unexplained absences or absences without permission will have be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.


Late to school: School starts at 9:10am, but you can drop off from 8:45am. If your child arrives after 9:10am, please report to the main school Reception for entry to the school. 


Medical and dental appointments should, as far as possible, be arranged out of school hours.


We believe that children need to be in school for all sessions, so that they can make the most progress possible. However, we do understand that there are circumstances under which a parent may legitimately request leave of absence for a child to attend, e.g. a special event. We expect parents and carers to contact the school at least a week in advance.  


Parents are encouraged not to take children out of school for family holidays during term time. The Headteacher has the authority to grant up to 10 days for a family holiday but this is considered on a case by case basis and will take into account a range of risk factors currently affecting the child.  


The Headteacher and/or class teachers will arrange meetings with parents to discuss incidents of poor attendance, punctuality or concern which may involve the Education Welfare Service. 


If a pupil arrives late to school, please report to Reception so that they can be marked on the register and if they are on school meals, their details can be passed to the school kitchen.