At St Lawrence we recognise the importance of regular attendance and punctuality in children’s attainment.
All parents have a legal responsibility to make sure that their child attends school every day and should ensure that their child/children is only absent if they are too ill to come to school, or have a medical appointment.
Each day begins with important teacher instruction, and it is vital that children do not miss this part of the day. We monitor lateness and send letters to parents whose children regularly arrive at school late. Please note, the school day begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.15pm for children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 and 3.20 p.m. for children in Years 3 through to 6. If your child arrives after 9.00am, they need to be signed in at the school office by a parent before making their way to the classroom.
We ask parents to contact us by telephone or in person on the first day of a child’s absence from school. This is very important as we will try and contact parents if their child is away from school and no reason has been given.
Family holidays should always be taken during school holidays, and we will only authorise absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. On these occasions permission must be sought in advance from the Headteacher.
Absence request forms are available from the school office.
At St Lawrence we ensure that children are aware of the importance of these issues and we reward children with good attendance and punctuality.
The attendance target set by the Governing Board is 97%. We expect all pupils to try and achieve this target.