Whitehill Primary School

Attendance

Whitehill Primary School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils.  Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.  One of our basic principles is to celebrate success.  

Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience.  We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual awards to promote good attendance and punctuality.  These include certificates and celebration assemblies. Staff always ensure that good attendance is celebrated within the classroom and call on Senior Leaders to give praise and encouragement to those who have very good attendance or for those who might need to improve.

The Governors, Head Teacher and Staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at Whitehill.  

Parental Responsibility

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child or children attend school regularly and arrive on time.  Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them.  Poor attendance undermines their education and sometimes, puts pupils at risk. 

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent.  This is a safeguarding issue so that all parties know that your child is safe. Pupils are expected to arrive by 9am.  

All pupils that arrive late must report, with their parent, to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.

Every absence or late arrival at school means crucial learning time is lost.