Why is Regular School Attendance so Important?
Chilham St Mary’s works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.
Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:
- their friendships
- their learning
- their self-esteem and confidence.
Chilham St Mary’s monitors the attendance of every child in the school and in partnership with Kent County Council’s School Liaison Officer, we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school regularly without sufficient reason. The minimum expected level of attendance is 95%.
Whilst 90% attendance may sound ok, it means that your child actually misses:
- nearly four weeks every school year
- one half day each week
- over one school year in a school career
Please click here for Chilham St Mary’s Attendance Policy
Please click here for KCC Penalty Notices Code of Conduct (to be read in conjunction with the Attendance policy)
Please click here to visit Kent County Council’s website for further information regarding school attendance