Crawley Way, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9ED

0161 624 0907

Christ Church C of E Primary School

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As part of our commitment to improving the attainment of our pupils we closely monitor attendance on a regular basis, with a view to issuing Penalty Notice's if necessary, and thought it pertinent to remind you of the affects poor attendance, and punctuality, can have on your child's learning.

Poor attendance can seriously affect your child's:-

 attainment in school
 relationships with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships
 confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others

The Government expects schools and local authorities to:-

 promote good attendance and reduce absence
 ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled
 act early to address patterns of concern

They expect parents to:-

 perform their legal duty by ensuring their children, of compulsory school age, who are registered at school attend regularly
 All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.
 Ensure school is notified on their child’s first day of absence by telephoning the office before 10.00am.

To put this into perspective, 90% attendance is equivalent to missing 20 days of school per year or one half day a week. Bearing in mind that children only attend school for 190 days each year - your child will spend more time at home than at school in the academic year!


Arriving late to school

When a child arrives late to school it can be very disruptive to your child, the teacher and other children in the class.
Being late to school can have a considerable impact over the whole school year:-

 5 minutes late every day = 3 days lost a year
 10 minutes late every day = 6.5 days lost a year
 15 minutes late every day = 10 days lost a year

We understand that the school mornings can be hectic, but when your child is late for school they really are missing out on vital parts of their education. We have been asked to monitor children who are persistently late with the possibility of Penalty Notice’s being issued if need be.

Any child arriving late to school MUST be signed in by an accompanying adult at the school office.

Holidays during the School Term
Due to changes in the law that came into practice from September 2013, The Governing Body of Christ Church has agreed that requests for holidays in term time will no longer be authorised.

The Education (Pupil Registration)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2013 amends the earlier 2006 Regulations to clarify that leave of absence during term time shall not be granted unless there are "exceptional circumstances".

For any request for absence during the school year to be considered an "exceptional circumstance" this must be put in writing, well in advance of the proposed time off and marked for the attention of The Headteacher. It must be emphasised that reasons of cost and/or another family member booking the holiday are not acceptable exceptional circumstances.


(Please note any unauthorised absences taken can result with the issue of a Penalty Notice by the Authorities School Attendance Service.)
With your support we know that we can continue to keep our attendance high and help to........ MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!