At Great Clacton, we want all children to have the best possible attendance at school to enable each and every child to reach their full potential. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results for children. Children who frequently miss school may fall behind in their work which may affect their future prospects.
Your responsibilities as a parent/carer
If your child is between 5 and 16 years old and is a registered pupil at a school, it is your legal responsibility to make sure that your child has a suitable education either by regular school attendance or otherwise.
Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education, and support and guidance is always available from our school. We know that we need to work together with parents/carers to support our children to attend school and to be successful. We want all parents/carers to help their children by making sure they attend school every day and arrive on time. Doing this will ensure that your child feels confident, up to date with learning, and up to date with their circle of friends.
If your child is unwell, you must notify the office by 8.55am. Please call 01255 424906 and select option 1. This is a dedicated absence line you can contact to report your child's absence and leave a message. This service is available 24 hours a day. Please leave your child's full name, class and specific reason for absence e.g temperature, sore throat, chicken pox - not just 'sick.' You should call in every day of your child's absence to update us on a likely return.
If you do not contact us to report your child as absent, we will try to contact all the numbers held on file to ascertain the reason for your child not being in school. If appropriate, we will carry out unexpected welfare checks by visiting the home.
How long should my child be off school for?
This will depend on what has caused your child to be physically sick. In the case of diarrhoea and vomiting, we ask parents to follow the recommendations of Public Health which is 48 hours. If your child has been physically sick, we normally expect the child to be off school for a minimum 24 hours in order to establish why they have been sick.
However, each case needs to be considered on a case by case basis. For example if a child has been sick for another reason e.g. through excessive coughing and shows no signs that the sickness is ongoing and could lead to infection, then 24 hours may be sufficient. We do not want children off school when they are well enough to be in school but we also don’t want children in school if they have a ‘bug’ which can spread to other children and staff. Children with mild ailments such as coughs or colds can still be taught in school.
If parents are in any doubt, please see the following NHS guide below advising parents if a child should be in school or off school and for how long
Children should arrive in school before 8.55am. After this time, they will be marked as 'late'. Children arriving after 8.55am must be accompanied to the school office so that an adult can sign them in and give the reason for their lateness.
Request for planned absence
If your child is absent from school during normal school hours, due to any reason other than unforeseen illness, you must apply for the absence to be granted first. Please download and complete the relevant form below:
Holiday absence: Download File
Medical and other appointments: Download File
We will not approve any term-time holiday requests unless there are exceptional circumstances. This will be approved at the discretion of the Headteacher.
Monitoring of Absence
We work with Aquinas to monitor attendance. Acceptable attendance is deemed to be anything above 96%. If your child's attendance falls below 96% we will invite you in to work with Aquinas and the school to look at ways in which we can support you in improving attendance moving forward.