It is vital that children attend school every day, and only ever miss time if illness or other unforeseen circumstances make it completely impossible for them to come in. The expectation at West Wimbledon Primary School is clear: that every child is in school every day. Whilst there will be those rare circumstances where a child is just too unwell to come in to school, and that is understood, we do urge parents to send their child in whenever they are well enough to attend and are not at risk of passing on germs or infections to others.
If your child is not well enough to come to school, please telephone the office by 09.30, to us of the reason for absence and when your child is expected to return to school.
The School would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that family holidays that involve taking children out of school, must not to be taken during term time. There are twelve full weeks a year when children are not at school and the expectation is that that is when family holidays should take place.
Whilst it is appreciated that many flights and holidays are substantially cheaper during term-time, West Wimbledon, like other Merton schools, cannot give permission for children to be absent during term time. Parents who choose to take their child out of school for a holiday need to know that the time missed from school will be recorded as unauthorised absence or “truancy”, and that this stays on their child’s record. Leave of absence taken without the authorisation of the school may lead to your child(ren) being referred to the Education Welfare Service and the possibility of statutory action and a fine.
More information is available on the Gov.UK website.
Request for Leave of Absence during term time.
Should a circumstance arise where you need to excuse your child from school the request needs to be put in writing and submitted to the school.
Late collection of children at the end of the school day
Governors introduced a Late Collection of Children from School policy in the Summer term of 2015, which deals with what will happen in those rare situations where children are not collected within fifteen minutes of the end of the day and/or remain uncollected beyond that.
The School wishes to thank the vast majority of parents who continue to ensure that children are collected promptly at the end of the School day, as this then enables staff to attend training, meetings and carry out essential marking and lesson preparation after school.
In essence, this policy reminds parents of the appropriate times to collect children at the end of the School day but, in the event of a second failure to do so, introduces a charging structure. It also restates the School’s safeguarding duty actively to consider a referral to Merton’s Social Care team, if – despite several attempts – no contact has been made with a parent within 45 minutes of the usual collection time of 16.00.
It is our hope that the clear expectations and processes laid out within this policy will continue to support an even better and smoother end to each school day, and ensure that fewer children are subject to the distress that must be caused by the late arrival of someone they were expecting to come to collect them.
Please read the Late Collection of Children from School policy, which may be viewed here.