Please contact the school on the first day of your Child’s absence
St Philip’s is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. For our pupils to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this Policy sets out how, together, we will achieve this.
It is important that parents/carers appreciate that if a pupil does not arrive at school, teachers have no way of knowing whether that non-arrival is due to them not being sent, or due to other causes. Parents are therefore asked to contact the school on the first day that their child is absent.
Such contact should be made by telephone but it is important that any such contact is made by a responsible and competent adult (i.e. not a child). You are asked to telephone the school between 8.30am and 9.30am in the morning:
Attendance Telephone 020 8397 2672
Alternately a message can be left on the answerphone prior to this on the same number
It is also important that the school always have up to date emergency contact numbers. We ask parents/carers, if possible, to please provide more than one number and/or contact, to ensure that contact can be made.
The school works closely with the Educational Welfare Officer (“EWO”) to oversee attendance. The EWO meets half-termly with the Assistant Head (Pastoral) of St Philip’s to discuss all absence; particularly pupils who have had extended or regular non-attendance.