Good attendance is essential to good learning. When children are absent, they miss out on learning. They may then find it difficult to catch up or make further progress because of what they have missed. If absence is frequent, this can also lead to difficulties in forming and keeping friendships.
For this reason, it is very important that children attend school regularly, and that holidays are not taken during term time. Where attendance drops below 90 per cent or is mostly unauthorised, the Education Welfare Officer may become involved in order to support the family to improve attendance. Obviously there are times when absence is unavoidable, either because of illness or due to other circumstances. In the case of illness, please telephone the school office, and keep them informed if the illness continues. Any requests for authorised absence should be put in writing; forms are available from the office.