An Update from the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) on Attendance and Punctuality

As Education Welfare Officer at The Gatwick School I am responsible for overseeing attendance and punctuality for the whole school, and working with students and families where attendance or punctuality may be a concern or absences are unauthorised. We are delighted to report that whole school attendance has improved from last year, although we are still at a point where we can still make improvements.

This term we will be proactively supporting punctuality for all pupils and there are some important changes that all parents/carers and children need to be aware of:


SECONDARY

All students must be in school by 8.30am.

Any students arriving after this time will be recorded as late.

Students arriving late to school after the registers have officially closed will receive a code in the register which counts as an unauthorised absence. This means that parents/carers are at risk of fines if their child persistently arrives to school after the registers close.

PRIMARY

All children must be in school by 8.45am (they can go into class from 8.30am).

Any children arriving after this time will be recorded as late.

Children arriving late to school after the registers have officially closed will receive a code in the register which counts as an unauthorised absence. This means that parents/carers are at risk of fines if their child persistently arrives to school after the registers close.


We have very high expectations at TGS about regular attendance and punctuality – this is so important as it is proven that children at all ages will achieve more if they have good attendance.

We truly appreciate the support of all parents and carers in ensuring that children attend school every day on time. Please try to book all dental and medical appointments outside school time if at all possible, and remember that we are not able to authorise any absences for family holidays during term time, so please make sure that any trips are booked during the school holidays.

If you have any concerns or questions at all about your child’s punctuality or attendance please do not hesitate to contact me directly, via the school main number or by email on jstorey@thegatwickschool.org.uk.

Jackie Storey

Education Welfare Officer