Fairfield School regards regular attendance as essential to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all children and that regular attendance at the school is necessary to promote better life chances and to safeguard and protect pupils. The school’s ethos encourages children to feel that their presence is important and that they are missed when they are absent or late.
There is a clear link between good attendance and making good progress. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly when their health needs allow and every child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. At Fairfield School we accept that lengthy absences from school are often unavoidable due to complex health reasons but would continue to ensure that our pupils are safeguarded and protected.
There is now more Government pressure on schools than ever before to ensure the regular attendance of children in their school. There is a legal requirement for schools to set targets for improving school attendance. Fairfield School has a duty to monitor the attendance of its pupils and would seek to promote the rights of the child to an education.