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Attendance and Lateness

Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there

is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:

*Authorised absence - where the school approves pupil absence

*Unauthorised absence - where the school does not approve absence

At Crossdale we aim to achieve an attendance rate of over 95% (meaning children are absent from school no more than 1 day every 4 weeks). To support this we will provide the following in an effort to maintain and improve attendance:

· A caring and supportive atmosphere where children come first

· Careful registration, making sure mistakes are not made

· If a message has not been received, we will make a phone call or text home on the first morning of       children are absent from school

· Information for parents about attendance on a termly basis,  at the end of each term

· Monitoring and support for children whose attendance is below 90%.

Any child with attendance below 90% is categorised as a persistent absentee, and are missing more than 1 day of school every 2 weeks on average. Children with attendance below 90% are highly unlikely to achieve their academic potential.  See more information about this in the document below. 



When your child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel anxious and embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage your child and disrupt the learning of others. Please help your child to be punctual.

If a child is late 10 minutes each day it equates to 7 lost teaching days across the year.
20 minutes late each day equates 70 missed lessons across the year.

Please pop into school if you would like to discuss your child’s attendance.