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.
Hi my name is Rachel Ripley, I work for South West Family Values and now also part of the team at St Marychurch C of E Primary School as your Family Support Worker.
I’ve been working with families and children for many years, in both Torbay and Devon in a variety of different settings, including both voluntary and statutory.
I worked for several years within Children’s Services as part of the Early Intervention Team, and most recently as a Family Practitioner at a Trauma Informed school. I have extensive knowledge around multi-disciplinary working and will always seek out the most appropriate support available.
I have a lot of experience in co-ordinating the efforts of different agencies and professionals to ensure the right outcomes for your children and family.
I’ve always been told that I’m very approachable, a good listener and easy to talk to. My nature of being sensitive and supportive is vital whilst working with children, parents/ carers, who are often having to manage complex and emotional difficulties in their everyday life.
I’m a parent myself and so am fully aware that it can be the hardest job in the world!
Don’t ever be afraid to ask for support for yourself or your child.
I look forward to working together.
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: