Absence & Lateness

Absences

Unauthorised absences from school are recorded on the school computer. A member of staff will contact parents if a pupil is absent without reason. Parents must contact us if pupils are to be absent for any reason.

Family holidays should not be taken during term-time. These would be recorded as unauthorised absences.

If a pupil's attendance falls below 85%, records may be forwarded to the BELB Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)

If the school staff are concerned about a pupil's attendance, parents will be contacted by the class teacher, SENCO or Principal and appropriate assistance/advice offered.

Lateness

Continual lateness is disruptive to your child’s education and is also very disruptive to the class teacher. (Being just 5 minutes late per day adds up to 3.4 school days missed per year.)
Our school policy on lateness is as follows:
More than 5 late-marks in a year obliges us to remind you by letter of the importance of arriving punctually for school.
More than 10 late-marks in a year obliges us to refer your child’s register to our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for closer monitoring, and you may be contacted by telephone.
More than 15 late marks in a year may lead to a referral to the Belfast Education and Library Board’s Educational Welfare Officer (EWO.)Continual lateness is disruptive to your child’s education and is also very disruptive to the class teacher. (Being just 5 minutes late per day adds up to 3.4 school days missed per year.)More than 5 late-marks in a year obliges us to remind you by letter of the importance of arriving punctually for school.More than 10 late-marks in a year obliges us to refer your child’s register to our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for closer monitoring, and you may be contacted by telephone.

Continual lateness is disruptive to your child’s education and is also very disruptive to the class teacher. (Being just 5 minutes late per day adds up to 3.4 school days missed per year.)

More than 5 late-marks in a year obliges us to remind you by letter of the importance of arriving punctually for school.

More than 10 late-marks in a year obliges us to refer your child’s register to our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for closer monitoring, and you may be contacted by telephone.

More than 15 late marks in a year may lead to a referral to the Belfast Education and Library Board’s Educational Welfare Officer (EWO.)