Attendance at School

Attendance at School

Carers should ensure regular attendance at school

Attendance at school is crucial. It is important that every effort is made to support young people to attend school and that absences are avoided wherever possible.  Pupils are only in school for 190 days each year, there are 175 other days for holidays and other activities.  If a child only attends 80% of the time - this equates to one day off a week, or one whole year off school every five years.  90% attendance over the course of the school year equates to one day off every fortnight.

Many children in care have a poor attendance record prior to entry into care that needs to be urgently addressed.   They may also miss schooling due to emergency placement moves, and further days can be lost if School Admission procedures are not carried out properly.

Surrey employ an organisation called Welfare Call to contact schools on a daily basis to track attendance and any exclusions.  This enables social care and the Surrey Virtual School to monitor every child's attendance using current information.

Medical and dental appointments should be made out of school hours wherever possible, but if this is not possible, please keep the young person out of school as little time as possible and notify the school in writing in advance of the appointment so they can anticipate this absence.

Contact meetings should also be made out of school hours apart from in exceptional circumstances. If there are any issues arising from contact it is helpful to keep school informed, so they can best support the child.

In the case of sickness necessitating an absence please notify the child's school as early as possible on the first day of absence.  Please keep the school informed throughout the period of sickness.

The local authority cannot endorse applications for leave from school except in very exceptional circumstances.  Please organise holidays so that young people do not miss school.

In the case of a young person in your care missing school, please inform the child’s social worker. If you have any concern/questions regarding the attendance of the young people you care for, please contact the Virtual School for support.