Regular school attendance at Talbot Primary School is essential for all of our pupils to make good progress. In recent years a lot of research has been carried out on the importance of good attendance and the effect that poor attendance can have on children’s’ attainment and their future life chances. We appreciate that children are unwell from time to time and there can be exceptional circumstances for absences, but we ask you to think carefully about keeping your child out of school.
Staff do all they can to ensure maximum attendance for all pupils. Any problems that impede full attendance are identified and addressed as a priority. We have a Pastoral Team available every morning for drop in sessions or to liaise with via telephone to support pupils at our school and their families.
Good attendance is celebrated in a variety of ways; through assemblies, when general attendance figures are shared, so that children can see class level and year group level, as well as statistics for the whole school. We regularly publish our attendance figures via our newsletters, so that the whole school community is fully informed of our attendance data.
We monitor the attendance of individuals closely. Mrs Ponsford will arrange a meeting with parents whose children’s attendance is low to provide support and discuss any concerns or issues.
Leave of Absence
We would like to draw your attention to regulations by the Department of Education in relation to school attendance. In summary, Headteachers cannot grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Any request for absence should be made via the Absence in Term Time Form, which can be collected from the school office. In the form you should detail the reason for the absence during term time and the form should be returned to the school office as soon as possible. You will be notified in writing of any decision made.
Please note that any requests for leave of absence that have not been agreed by school may result in a Fixed Penalty being issued by the Local Authority in line with BCP Council’s Code of Conduct. This could be to both parents where they live together and/or take joint responsibility for that child.
If at any time you are concerned about your child’s attendance, please speak to our Attendance Team:
School Office – 01202 513981
Our school works closely with BCP Council – Inclusion and Family Services. Chrissie Fay is our allocated School Attendance Worker and can be contacted by telephone on 01202 261980