At Holme Valley we believe that good attendance is key to a child’s education and future. By developing a positive culture of attendance from the day a child starts school ensures they will reach their full academic potential and thrive socially and emotionally. It is our intention that every child enjoys coming to school everyday. By providing a stimulating, challenging and secure environment, the children will be encouraged to be regular attendees, which will ultimately enhance their learning, social opportunities and emotional resilience.

We are committed to meeting our obligation with regards to school attendance through our culture and ethos that values good attendance, including by:

· Promoting good, punctual attendance

· Reducing absence, including persistent and severe absence.

· Ensuring every pupil has access to the full-time education to which they are entitled

· Acting early to address patterns of absence

· Building strong relationships with families to ensure pupils have the support in place to attend

· Promoting and supporting punctuality in attending lessons


Working with parents and carers

We believe that effective partnerships with parents and carers are key to supporting children to have good attendance. We work alongside parents and carers and ask them to:

· Make sure their child attends school every day on time

· Call the school  to report their child’s absence before 9am on the day of the absence (and each subsequent day of absence), and advise when their child is expected to return

· Provide the school with at least 2 emergency contact numbers for their child and update accordingly

· Ensure that, where possible, any appointments for their child are made outside of the school day

We support parents to perform their legal duty to ensure their children of compulsory academy age attend regularly, and will promote and support punctuality in attending school on time.

Our full attendance policy can be viewed in the policy section of the website.