Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.

Attendance and Punctuality

We think it is very important that all our pupils benefit from 190 days of learning to ensure they make progress and achieve the results they should. If a school can improve its attendance by 1%, this can result in a 5 - 6% improvement in attainment. We are asking you to support the school by ensuring that your child achieves excellent attendance.

Here are some of the ways in which you can help our school achieve excellent attendance:

  • The school is closed for 14 weeks a year when you can take holidays and travel abroad. Where there are exceptional circumstances for a pupil to be absent during term time, you can make a written request to the Headteacher. However, the Headteacher's decision is final. You do not have a right to take term time leave.
  • We expect pupils to arrive at the school on time. Late arrivals disrupt the education of others. Pupils arriving after the register has closed will be marked in the register as having an unauthorised absence.
  • We do not expect pupils to come to school when they are sick, but those with regular sickness absence will be expected to provide us with medical evidence before further absences are authorised.
  • Avoid medical and dental appointments during the school day.
  • If you or your children are having difficulties that impact on attendance, please make an appointment with a member of staff to discuss additional support.

On the rare occasion that your child is unwell you must telephone the school as early as possible to inform us that they will be absent.  If a telephone call is not received the school will contact you to ensure your child is safe and request the reason for absence. Please telephone 01634 294817.

During the school day, if your child feels unwell or has an accident they must tell a teacher straight away.  They will then be assessed by an appropriate member of staff.

If your child is too unwell to remain at the school or if hospital treatment is necessary, the school will contact you to make suitable arrangements.

If parents have concerns they are to contact the school Office.

Elaine Primary School understands the need for pupils to take medication from time to time, however it is school Policy that only prescribed medication is permitted.  These are stored securely with the relevant phase team.  Under no circumstances will children be allowed to carry non-prescribed medicines or be issued them by staff members.

Children should not be at school if they are too unwell to attend. If this is the case, parents are asked to contact the school as early as possible to let us know not to expect your child in school.

If a child has sickness or diarrhoea, they are not allowed to return to school for 48 hours after the last episode of illness.

There are some other illnesses and circumstances which may mean that we need to make alternative arrangements to ensure the health and wellbeing of your child and others.  If you are aware of any condition which affects your child’s health, please tell us as it may affect others too.

Attendance is monitored closely by our Attendance Advisory Practitioner from Medway Council.

You will receive an update on your child's attendance at least three times a year. If your child is unable to attend school please call the office by 9am.

Finally, please keep your contact information up to date so that we can always contact you if we need to.