It is very important that the children establish good habits of punctuality and school attendance. Parents are asked to contact the school on the first day of an absence and then to confirm in writing the reason for a child being absent. Parents are urged wherever possible to take their family holidays in the school holiday periods as any interruption to the children’s schooling affects their education. Children in Years 2 and 6 have National Assessments during May and should not be kept away from school unless they are unwell.
We are required to report to the local authority cases of unauthorised absence or unexplained lateness. In certain extreme cases legal action may have to be taken.
At the school we have a Welfare and Attendance Officer who works closely with Mrs Prentice, Mrs Daly (our school Pastoral Lead) and school staff to identify families and students who may need support to achieve good attendance. We work with families and students and offer them guidance to help them raise their attendance. The Welfare Officer can offer confidential home visits to further support and problem solve.
Their role, together with the school is to support you and ensure your child achieves good attendance, which in turn will help them achieve their full potential. Good attendance is so important for good attainment. We have an attendance policy that sets out how we promote good attendance, which is listed below.
My name is Louise Loram and I’m your friendly Family Support Worker from South West Family Values.
I know being a parent is the hardest job of all, so from time to time we all need a little support and a listening ear.
I pride myself with being friendly, approachable, empathetic, non-judgemental and a good listener - I’m also a parent myself!
I can support you and your family in a number of ways through home visits, appointments in school or 1-1 sessions with your child, together we can find solutions to meet the needs of your family.
Because I’ve worked across Torbay as a Family Support Worker for a number of years, I have experience with all age ranged children and have contacts within lots of local agencies across Torbay that I can signpost you to if this is required.
I tend to support families over a 12-week period, however this can be flexible depending on the support required.
Over the Summer holidays I run lots of FREE projects for families to access, (Sea/Forest
School, Family Fun & Food) which they will be invited to once I start supporting them.
As we seek to nourish and fulfil our pupils, we acknowledge that the establishment of a high performance culture must always strike a balance between levels of challenge, expectation and support. We use four ‘R’s as a framework to facilitate this, in order to minimise the risk of the pursuit of excellence resulting in an increase of unwanted behaviour: