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Cromwell Community College

Attendance

At Cromwell we seek to ensure that our pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential.  The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

The school challenge the behaviour of those pupils and parents who give low priority to attendance and punctuality.

To meet these objectives Cromwell will establish an effective and efficient system of communication with pupils, parents and appropriate agencies to provide mutual information, advice and support. 

Punctuality 

Pupils can come into school from 8.40am and the school day starts promptly at 8.55am If a child arrives at school after 8.55am without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late.  Registers close at 9.00am and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Pupils arriving at school after 8.55am must enter through the main gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately signed out.  Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance officer.

What is expected of the pupils?

  • To respect themselves and others
  • To do all they can to attend school regularly and punctually
  • To inform a trusted adult if they feel that they are being bullied
  • To encourage friendship and a sense of belonging
  • To be happy and encourage others to feel happy

What is expected of the Parents?

  • To keep requests for their child to be absent to an absolute minimum
  • To offer a reason, or medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence
  • To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness
  • To work closely with the school Welfare and Attendance Officer to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance
  • To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused except in very exceptional circumstances.
  • To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times such as SATS.