As a local area of schools we have been working hard to provide a common message to parents about attendance in schools, whether secondary or primary. Regular attendance is vital if a child is to achieve success at school and there is a clear link between poor attendance and low achievement.
Absence from school should only occur if unavoidable. Reasons for absence can be very varied and we need to be certain that support and expectations are upheld by school, parents and appropriate external agencies. This has all contributed to an Attendance Policy for Bishop Luffa School which our Directors have approved.
Please take the time to make yourself familiar with the policy as:
- absence due to illness may result in us requesting supporting medical evidence when necessary
- we finish lessons at 2.30pm so we encourage parents to make medical appointments outside of our schools hours
- regulations from the Department for Education make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time except in exceptional circumstances.
- there are new expectations about the link between schools and the statutory role of West Sussex County Council regarding attendance at school.
Thank you for your support in upholding our Attendance Policy. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Head of House for further clarification.