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 via the online absence reporting section on ParentMail or by telephone on 020 8397 2672. It is important that any such contact is made by a responsible and competent adult (i.e. not a child). Please ensure that you have notified us of your Child’s absence before 9:00am on the first day of their absence.
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.