Reporting my child's absence

How do I report my child’s absence?

We understand that absence due to ill health can be unavoidable. If your child is going to be absent please contact the school office by 9am. This can be done by:

  • Sending an email admin@cheadleheathprimary.co.uk 
  • Phoning the office on 0161 428 2476 - if unanswered before 8.30am you can leave a message on the answer phone
  • Report the absence via the School Spider app

Please call each day of your child’s absence or, if your child has sickness/diarrhoea and there is a known 48 hour period enforced from last bout of sickness/diarrhoea, please inform us of this.

If we do not hear from you, and your child does not arrive in school, our Attendance Officer, Mrs Steele will phone.

It is essential that we have up to date contact information as it is considered a safeguarding concern if we do not have two known contact numbers. So, if you change your mobile number, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW straight away and we will update our SIMs contact information. 

Children with less than 95% attendance will be closely monitored by our attendance team. Letters and referrals to the Education Welfare team will be made if attendance is causing concern. Appointments will be made with parents to discuss absence and failure to make significant improvement in attendance, may result in legal action possibly fines and/or prosecution.

 

When should I keep my child off school?

Your child should only be kept off school due to illness if they:

  1. Have an infectious illness which could spread to other people
  2. Need care during school hours that cannot be carried out in school
  3. Are so unwell that they are not able to cope with lessons

The NHS website has useful advice here so if you are not sure, check the NHS guidance. If you are still unsure, contact us, a pharmacist or your GP.

Medical/Dentist Appointments

  • If your child has a medical/dental appointment please notify us in advance and provide us with a copy of the appointment letter or card.

Punctuality

  • Every School day Counts but every MINUTE is equally important!
  • 8.45am Gates are open 
  • 8.55am Pedestrian gates are locked
  • 9.05am Class electronic registers are taken and lessons begin
  • All children arriving once the school gates are locked MUST enter school via the school office and parents must record their names on the sign in system. These will be marked in the class register as (L). 
  • Each child arriving late causes disruption to the rest of the class / group. Lost minutes = Lost learning and over an academic year 5 minutes late each day equates to 3 days lost! 10 minutes late each day equates to 6.5 days lost! So, ontime, all day, every day!
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