Attendance at Trowse is always very good. Parents understand the importance of education and do all they can to ensure their children attend regularly. For the academic year 2018-19 the attendance percentage was 96.55%. This is against the national figure for primaries of 95.8%.
It is much harder to gauge attendance for the 2019-20, or 2020-21 academic year due to Lockdown and school closures.
There is a Local Authority Children’s Services attendance team who deal with issues concerning pupils who are not attending school regularly.
If your child is going to be absent from school, you should contact your child’s school using the PUPIL ASSET App on the first morning of any absence. Alternatively, you can phone or e-mail. You should explain the reason for your child’s absence and indicate when you think he or she is likely to return. You should also do this if you child is going to be late.
If you do not notify the school, the school will try and contact you. The school may also decide to record your child’s absence as unauthorised.
You can only allow your child to miss school if:
- They’re too ill to go in
- You’ve got advance permission from the school
- Unavoidable reasons, that you should discuss with the school
There is extra support available if your child can’t go to school for long periods because of a health problem. Please contact the school to discuss this.
Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, and your child’s school will work with you to improve your child’s attendance. If this is not achieved, the school may refer you to the Children’s Services attendance team, who may issue you with a summons to appear in court. If parents are convicted in court, they may be fined up to £1,000.
In some circumstances, if the parents have knowingly allowed their child to be absent from school, they may be fined up to £2,500 or even sent to prison for 3 months.