At Dalton School we regard regular attendance as essential to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all children and believe that regular attendance at school is necessary to promote better life chances. The school’s ethos encourages children to feel that their presence in school is important and that they are missed when they are absent or late.
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any children's absence disrupts teaching routines and may also affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring every child’s regular attendance at school is the parent’s/carer’s responsibility and permitting absence from school without good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
For more information regarding persistant absence, holidays and sickness please see the document below.
At Dalton School we have high expectations of attendance and expect your child to attend school every day, on time. Staff in school monitor attendance every day and track the attendance of every pupil in school in order to ensure that all pupils are safe; have access to the full time education they deserve and avoid becoming persistent absentees. Our attendance ladder helps to explain attendance percentages so that parents/carers and pupils understand what what good and outstanding attendance is. Our attendance ladder also explains the point at which your child's attendance needs to improve and will become a concern; leading to extra intervention and support being offered to your family.