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Attendance & Punctuality

At Summerfield Education Centre we expect students to attend regularly and arrive punctually. All students are set personal attendance targets each half term and rewarded if they achieve them.

Covid 19 – Due to the pandemic restrictions we have organised a ‘staggered’ timetable for all our students.  Your child has been given a start and finish time for the school day.

If your child is ill and unable to attend the Centre, please telephone before 9.00 a.m. If we do not hear from parents/carers we will assume your child will be attending. If your child does not arrive 15 minutes after their allocated time we will be phoning you to ascertain a reason for absence.

PLEASE NOTE:  If we are unable to make contact with you and cannot ascertain a reason for absence, we will class your child as ‘missing from education’.  A member of school staff, EWO or our link Police Officer will visit your home to find out where your child is.

If there is no plausible reason for your child being absent from school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Reasonable requests for absence (e.g. funerals) will be considered. We will NOT authorise absences for:

  • Holidays.
  • Minding the home.
  • Visiting relatives.
  • Long weekends.
  • Shopping trips.
  • Birthdays.
  • To look after brothers or sisters.

The Centre has the final decision to authorise absences, not the parent/care so we need to be fully informed of any absences.