Our school is committed to promoting the welfare of children through regular school attendance. We know that every day lost to education can have a serious impact on their attainment and overall progress. We are therefore fully committed to promoting school attendance by providing an environment and ethos where children feel safe and can build positive relationships with their friends and classmates.
We expect that in return parents ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually and that holidays in term time are avoided.
We are consistent with our approach to dealing with behaviour so that our children know what we expect from them and what they can expect from us.
Attendance is tracked weekly by the Family & Pastoral Manager and persistence absence followed up at point of identification.
Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School has a weekly attendance target of 97% and you can follow our progress in the newsletters section, here.
“The children who are most happy and successful in school are those with the best attendance.”
Malcolm Arnold Prep. School attendance lead: Mrs Nicola Giles
Absence line phone number: 01604 931130
Who can help: The school office
We love to see the happy faces of the children as they get to school on time to play with their friends before sitting down together, ready to learn. Children who do not get to school on time or miss some days of school altogether find it more difficult to make friends and to catch up on their learning. Please remember that our school day starts promptly at 8.40am and children who are late miss the beginning of their reading session, an important skill for them to learn.
We know that sometimes your child may be unable to attend because they feel unwell. In this case please contact the school office and leave a message telling us your child’s name, their class and the reason they are not at school, preferably before 9am each day. Some parents think that their child may be better off at home if they are ill, but generally we are happy to have them in school and will keep a close eye on them to make sure that they are ok, if you ask us to. We have also produced a helpful leaflet to help you to decide whether your child is well enough to come to school which can be downloaded . We use NHS guidance to advise and you can access this yourself by clicking .
If we do not hear from you first thing in the morning and your child is not in school, then we will try and make contact with you as quickly as possible to ensure that your child is safe. This could be by text, telephone or home visit. Please rest assured that we always pursue this until we are satisfied so you know that your child’s welfare is important to us.
The vast majority of our parents recognise that their children are most happy and successful in school when they attend regularly. For that reason they do not ask for holidays during term time, because they know how damaging this can be for their child’s education. In the unlikely event that you want to ask for your child’s absence to be authorised due to an exceptional circumstance, then please ask to speak with the principal so that you can set out the special circumstances of your request.
If there is any other reason why you or your child is finding it difficult to attend school regularly and on time, then please do contact Mrs Giles who can help. Mrs Giles has already helped many other parents and children in this way. Seeking early help, no matter the issue, can help you to avoid any fines for non-attendance which can be very costly and embarrassing.
We love recognising good attendance and punctuality and so do our children! We have on-going rewards for the whole school to enjoy on a regular basis. We celebrate 100% attendance on a half termly basis and also reward the most improved attendance for whole families.