By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering their child at a school - though some choose to make other arrangements to provide a suitable, full-time education.
Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Morecambe Community High is committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all its students and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all. This is based on the belief that only by attending school regularly and punctually will children and young people be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. High attainment depends on good attendance.
The whole school community – students, parents and carers, teaching and support staff and school governors –have a key role to play in supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and will work to provide an environment in which all our students are eager to learn, feel safe and valued members of the school community and look forward to coming to school every day. The purpose of the policy is to clarify everyone’s part in this.
The policy has been drawn up based on current government and Local Authority guidance and statutory regulations. The school will ensure that all stakeholders know of the policy and have access to it.
It is our aim to make attendance and punctuality a priority for all associated with the school including students, parents/carers, teachers and governors and realise the foundation for the development of positive and consistent communication between home and school.