At Castleway we put great emphasis on good attendance and punctuality. Good school attendance is essential for good progress and achievement. Children who come to school regularly and on time make good progress in their learning. We want all of our children to achieve to the best of their potential and they cannot do this if they are not in school learning every day.

It is a legal requirement to ensure your child is attending each day and on time. Our Governing Body and Local Authority are clamping down on poor attendance as this is a Safeguarding issue. We are actively working with the Education Welfare Service to ensure our children reach a whole school target of 95% attendance or above. Anybody falling below this target is monitored carefully and details are requested by and sent to the Local Authority who will push for the heaviest penalties for those who persistently do not abide by school policy on attendance. Attendance Panels will be convened in school with the Head Teacher, Governors and representatives of the Local Authority to reflect on the reasons for low or non attendance and a support plan will be put in place. Those who do not attend scheduled meetings and adhere to support plans agreed will be notified by school and the Local Authority and penalty notices will be issued.

As parents you have a duty of care to ensure your child receives a broad and balanced education, this cannot happen if your child is not attending school regularly and the number of curriculum hours lost is highly detrimental to your child's academic progress. We have sent and will be sending regular reminders via letter home, parent text messaging and newsletters.

Punctuality also is essential to ensure that learning time is not lost. Children who regularly arrive in school after the start of the school day miss valuable information and are not ready to settle to their work. This can also have an effect on the learning of other children as latecomers can disrupt the lesson.

For further informed with regard to attendance and what our policy is on requesting leave of absence. You can find our Attendance Policy and Parent Booklet below

Remember children: Missed schooldays are missed opportunities.

Please let us all work together to ensure Castleway is a high attending school! Together we can do it!

Mr Corcoran