Enrolment & Attendance

ENROLMENT

Primary 1 beginners register at school in January.  Details are given in notices in the local press.  Parents of beginners are invited to an open afternoon in the summer term when they will have an opportunity to tour the school, meet teaching staff and discuss matters relating to the new term.  In addition, a series of curricular workshops explaining aspects of the work of the school to parents, will be arranged throughout the session.

ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL

Section 30 of the 1980 Education Act lays a duty on every parent of a child of ‘school age’ to ensure that their child attends school regularly.  Attendance must be recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon.

Regulation 7 of the Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendments, Etc, Regulations 1993 requires each child’s absence from school to be recorded in the school register as authorised i.e. approved by the authority, or unauthorised i.e. unexplained by the parent (truancy) or temporarily excluded from school.

Un-notified Absence Policy

It is East Dunbartonshire Council’s policy that parents should notify their child’s school if their child is going to be absent.  In some instances it might not be possible for parents to pre-notify the school of an absence because their child may have become unwell during the night.  In these circumstances, parents should notify the school before registration begins.

If parents do not inform the school of their child’s absence, the school will take action to find your child.  This will involve contacting you and, where necessary, your emergency contact person(s).   If these actions are not successful, the school will ask the school’s Attendance Officer to visit your home.  In some exceptional circumstances, where the school believes your child could be at risk of harm, contact will be made with the Police and / or Social Work.  Parents should also give their child a note on his/her return to school confirming the reason for absence.

Family Holidays

Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as this seriously disrupts a child’s education and greatly reduces learning time.  It should be noted that it not only has an adverse effect on a child while he / she is absent from school, but also leads to extended disruption to a child’s education for a period of time when he / she returns to school after the family holiday.  Family holidays will only be regarded as authorised absence where prior agreement from the school has been obtained and where it is judged the holiday is important to the wellbeing and cohesion of the family, following serious or terminal illness, bereavement or other traumatic events.

Parents may request that their child be permitted to be absent from school to make an extended visit to relatives.  This leave will be regarded the same as a family holiday but will be recorded separately from school holidays for attendance purposes.  Requests should be made in writing detailing the destination and duration.

Clearly with no explanation from the parents, the absence is unauthorised.

Please note any unexplained absence may be investigated by the school attendance officer and the authority has the power to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the reporter of the children’s hearings, if necessary.

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE DATA

Attendance and absence information for pupils in the school in the most recent school year should be set out as in the attached Appendix (Primary School Attendance and Absence School Year 2005 – 2006)

Absence rates are calculated as a percentage of the total number of possible attendances for all pupils of the school in the stage shown, each morning and afternoon of each school day being a separate possible attendance.

Where figures or percentages based on a number of pupils under any particular heading is between 1 and 4 no information is given and *** is inserted in place of the figures.  Adults attending day school classes are excluded.

The authority’s and Scotland’s figures include all education authority and grant-aided primary schools, but exclude all special schools.