Attendance and Absence procedures
Promoting good attendance
At St Mary’s Bentworth CE Primary school we want your child to achieve the full potential while they are with us and beyond. Having good attendance and punctuality will give your child the best chance of achieving this. The Government expects a minimum of 96% attendance for pupils at primary school.
If children arrive late (after 9am) they will receive a late mark in the register, please sign them in at the office and let them enter through the front entrance. As a parent, you will also have to write down the reason for the lateness on an individual record sheet. There is no entrance for parents/visitors through the side doors which are locked as a security measure.
Absence from school
If your child will be absent from school through illness please telephone the school office first thing in the morning on 01420 562117. You can leave a message on the absence line anytime. Please provide your child’s name, class and reason for absence in the message. The school office is manned from 8:30am-5:00pm (4:30pm on Fridays) if you would like to speak to someone.
Parents are sometimes unsure whether to keep children off school and you may find the guidance in the link below helpful:
Please note if your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they should be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. If we feel your child has come back to school too early, we will contact you.
Where possible please try to avoid booking routine medical, optical, dental or hospital appointments during school hours. We do understand this is not always possible and sometime it is unavoidable that these appointments will be during the school day. Advanced notice of appointments should be given via the medical advice note available at the school office and on the website (under Parents, Standard forms).
Leaving during the school day
For security reasons, any child needing to leave school for an appointment or through illness should be signed out at the front desk.
The following links provide further information regarding the school’s approach to attendance at school: