The Westbury Woodlands Federation aims to increase the levels of attendance throughout both schools by promoting a positive attitude to attendance and punctuality among pupils and their families.

One of the most important ways to help your child achieve their full potential is to ensure your child attends school every day and arrives on time.  Statistics prove there is a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance.

If any parents/carers are worried about their child’s school attendance they can contact school and talk to staff to see if there is any additional support that school may be able to offer.

Most parents/carers act responsibly to ensure their children are in school every day. However, if your child is regularly off school without permission, Nottingham City Council will take action.

How you can help your child achieve excellent school attendance

  • Make sure your child gets to school on time
  • If your child is poorly, contact school on the first day of absence
  • Make routine medical and dental appointments out of school hours
  • Do not take holidays in term time

The Westbury Woodlands Federation does not authorise any holidays.

Leave of absence may be granted only in exceptional circumstances. A leave of absence form must be completed and handed back to the school office for the attention of the Head Teacher.

Your child is not allowed a day off for:

  • Holidays
  • Birthday
  • Shopping for new shoes
  • Having a sniffle
  • Oversleeping

The Westbury Woodlands Federation does not authorise ANY absence without medical evidence.

Evidence can be in the form of:

  • Appointment card
  • Appointment letter
  • Prescription  – To include child’s name, date and details of prescribed medication

Any evidence can be sent via photo from your mobile directly to Keeley Williamson, Attendance Officer for authorisation.

If you are undecided about whether your child is well enough to come to school, send them, but alert staff to your concerns. Staff will then monitor and contact you if your child becomes too unwell to stay at school.

Frequent absences from school, even just the odd day, can seriously interrupt your child’s learning, but friendships and relationships with others too.

The Law and School Attendance

Parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school.

Persistent unauthorised absence can lead to prosecution through the Magistrates Court.

The Westbury Woodlands Federation takes a ‘zero tollerance’ attitude to poor school attendance.

Keeley Williamson, Attendance Officer, is available on a daily basis to address any attendance concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact her on 0115 915 5858.

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