If your child is going to be absent we would ask that you call and leave a message on the Absentee Line: 01577 867196. Please use this number rather than the main number unless you wish to discuss your child’s absence with the Headteacher.
Parents are also welcome to email the Headteacher to advise reasons for their child’s absence.
Further information on attendance policy:
The law requires that parents ensure their children attend school regularly. As part of the Perth & Kinross raising Achievement Strategy all schools are expected to closely monitor the attendance of all children and young people. Persistent poor attendance and time keeping is disruptive to the learning of the individual and the class. It may also be an early warning of other difficulties for the child’s family. If a child’s attendance rate falls below a predetermined figure, Headteachers have a duty to invoke procedures to follow up absenteeism. This will start with a formal letter advising Parents/Carers of absence rate and offering any support, however continued absence may ultimately be escalated by means of referral to the Perth & Kinross Attendance Sub Committee.
It is important that, wherever possible, children should arrive on time, especially in the mornings when all the attendance and administration details are carried out.
Explanations for absences can also be given by speaking to a member of staff or writing a letter explaining the reason for the absence. When no explanation at all is received then the absence is recorded as unauthorised. Where the school has serious concerns about attendance, Attendance Management procedures will commence (see above). Holidays taken in term time are also classed as unauthorised and plans to take such time off school should be made in writing to the Headteacher.
If your child is going to be absent from school you must contact us before 9.30am, or we will contact you. Again, you may find it easier to leave a voicemail message or send an email before 9.00am, as we do appreciate that the office and phone line can be busy after 9.00am.