Attendance and Leave of Absence Form
Attendance @ Bridge Farm Primary
Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at the school, and to establish positive life habits that are necessary for future success. Attendance for your child is available remotely through eSchools. We kindly ask all parents and carers to promote good attendance for their child and work in partnership with the school.
The government definition of persistent absenteeism is any pupil whose attendance falls below 90%. The school has a duty of care to take appropriate action when a child’s attendance falls below 90% in order to work with the parents and help to improve attendance. Although we acknowledge there are times when pupils are generally ill, there are a rising number of cases where pupil absence is unauthorised (no reason given or no supporting evidence) and a subsequent rise in the number of cases of pupil attendance falling below 90%. The school monitors attendance monthly and attendance panels are held termly with parents whose child’s attendance is 90% or below and has shown no signs of improvement. The school will also work closely with Bristol Education Welfare Services.
Leave of Absence:
A leave of absence form must be completed for any leave of absence and it is only authorised in exceptional circumstance. The form can be downloaded from the website, which further explains the process.
This year our aim is to reduce the % of persistent absentees to below the national average.