Parents are expected by the Department of Education to:
Ensure that their child attends every day the school is open except when a statuatory reason applies.
Notify the school as soon as possible when their child has to be unepectedly absent (e.g. sickness).
Only request leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and do so in advance.
Book any medical appointments around the school day where possible.
The Department of Education, along with the Local Authroity expects us as a school to pay particular attention to persistently and severely absent pupils.
Persistent absence refers to pupils who miss 10% or more of school
Severe absence refers to pupils who miss 50% or more of school.