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Barham Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Barham Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Attendance & Punctuality

Attendance and Puncuality

Expected attendance level:
We expect your child to attend school every day, however, the national average level of attendance is approximately 95%. If your child’s attendance falls below this level, or there are unauthorised absences, you will be invited to discuss this with the Headteacher or a senior member of staff. If you feel you need support in improving your child’s attendance or punctuality, please discuss this with us. For families where attendance levels remain low after we have made contact with them, we will refer these cases to Brent’s Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). 

If your child is absent from school, please make sure you contact the school with an explanation.  We will decide whether this is authorised or unauthorised. 

Illness:
If your child is unwell, please ensure you contact the school office before 9am on that morning. For persistent absence due to illness, we will also require a letter and/or medical confirmation. 

Medical Appointments:
Should your child need a medical appointment, please try to arrange this out of school hours. If it must be during school time, we expect you to inform the office in advance and show an appointment card. The absence should be only for the morning or afternoon session - not the whole day. You should also inform your child’s teacher in advance. Please note, if a child is absent from school for a parent or sibling’s appointment, this absence is unauthorised. 

Religious Leave:
We do not allow time off for religious leave except for the following. You can send in writing, your request for your child to take a day off from school for Eid.  The school will close for one day for Diwali. 

Punctuality:
School starts at 8:45am. Ensure your child is in the line, at or before that time. The playground is supervised from 8.35 am. 

Policy on Extended Leave of Absence:
Only in exceptional cases will any leave of absence be authorised by the Headteacher. Please be aware that if leave is authorised and your child is absent before or after the authorised dates for any reason, the additional days will be unauthorised and an automatic referral will be generated to Brent Education Welfare Services. These proceedings can result in your child’s name being taken off roll and deleted from our admissions register. As there are waiting lists for many year groups, they may not be able return to Barham Primary School upon their return.