Our school attendance target it 96.4%
Please help us make our target by being on time and in school
Regular attendance is a requirement of a good education and securing it is a priority at Peacehaven Heights Primary School. The damage and disruption caused by poor attendance and lateness affects not only the individual pupil but also adversely affects other pupils and teaching staff.
It is a parent’s responsibility, and their legal duty, to ensure that their child attends school.
Should overall attendance fall below 90% or there are other causes of concern, the school will contact parents/carers by letter to inform them. If attendance hasn’t improved after a selected period of time you may be required to attend a meeting with the Attendance Assistant/Educational Welfare Officer where the school can offer support to help improve attendance.
Peacehaven Heights Primary School expect all parents/carers to adhere to the following procedures whenever your child is absent from school.
If your child is absent:
- Telephone the school before 9am to report your child’s absence. Please leave a brief message including child’s name, class, reason for absence and expected date of return.
- You must call in each day your child is absent. If your child is off for 3 consecutive days a member of the School Office team will phone to discuss further.
When your child returns to school after an absence:
- We ask you to send in a signed and dated note with a written explanation for the absence. This must be done for all absences even though you will have previously rung and left a message/spoken to office staff.
- If a pupil is absent from school and no message or information is given either in person or on the absence line, a designated member of Office staff will contact parents or carers to ascertain the reason. This may involve several calls to various contacts to ensure the child is safe and cared for outside of the school.
Peacehaven Heights Primary School completely understands that children get ill and recognises that parents are best placed to decide whether a pupil can attend school or not. Our school complies with the 48 hour rule following instances of diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms.
If you need advice about your child’s illness please click the link for NHS guidelines ‘is my child too ill for school?’
You can also contact the school nurse team on 0300 123 4062 or visit their website at https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/school-health-service-east-sussex/
We actively discourage pupils being taken out of school for holidays or family visits. Authorising absence is at the Head teacher’s discretion and is only granted in exceptional circumstances.
Holidays taken in term time will be marked as unauthorised. Should this unauthorised absence reach a set threshold, the school may choose to apply for a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) from the local authority.
A Withdrawal from Learning Form is required for any planned absence from school. You can get a paper copy from either school office.
Please click here for more information on East Sussex County Council School Attendance https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/attendance-behaviour/
If your child requires a routine medical appointment in school time we ask you to provide evidence such as an appointment card or a signed and dated note.