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Attendance

At Holy Cross we want to do our best for all our young people and believe that regular attendance at school is vital for children as it promotes good learning, positive attitudes and maintains continuity in their education and in their friendships. Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by a parent.

We will endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. We will consistently work towards a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.  

Attendance is subject to various Education laws, the Attendance policy is written to reflect these laws and the guidance produced by the Department of Education. As a school we regularly review our attendance figures and set targets. These will reflect both national and Norfolk attendance targets and following this will review its systems for improving attendance at regular intervals to ensure that it is achieving its set goals.

Sickness/ Absence 
If your child is unwell, please inform the office first thing in the morning, there is an answer machine available to leave a message if the phone is not answered. Please phone on each day of absence.

On the first day of an absence, parents/carers should contact their child’s school before the registration period closes. If no contact has been made, the school will endeavour to contact parents/carers as quickly as possible during the school day and will transfer information to the registers, alerting the Headteacher or other key staff to any wellbeing issues. We will continue to make daily contact until a response is received. We will also make general enquires during this time and try other contact numbers. If there is no known reason for the absence at registration, then the absence must be recorded in the first instance as unauthorised.

We do not authorise any holidays in term time and holidays taken will be marked as unauthorised.

Lateness 
The start of the school day is 8.55am, this is when the register is taken. The register will remain open for 10 minutes, if your child arrives during this time they will be marked late.
Any child arriving after this time will be marked as an unauthorised late.
Any child arriving after 30 minutes will be marked as having an unauthorised absence unless there is an acceptable explanation.
In cases where the absence at registration was for attending an early morning medical appointment, the appropriate authorised absence code will be entered. Medical evidence will be requested to support the absence.

Attendance reviews are carried out half termly, we will write to parents where attendance is below 90% and is a cause for concern. Attendance below 90% falls into the persistent absentee category and will be raised with the attendance officer.

Good attendance is rewarded – each term children with attendance of 100% or above are awarded an attendance certificate, children with 100% attendance at the end of the year also receive an attendance trophy. 

Our school's attendance policy can be seen by clicking on the link below: