The schools within Weymouth and Portland regularly work together and are committed to ensuring the best for all our learners and work together to support children and families.
You will be aware of the importance of good school attendance in improving a child’s success as a learner and in establishing positive attitudes to life long learning. By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.
As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens - either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements to give them a suitable, full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly.
If a child has an attendance level below 80% they will have missed an average of one day a week in school, over a school year this will mean 8 weeks of absence. If this level of absence was maintained for a five year period it would mean a whole school year would have been missed. All schools are working very hard to promote good attendance and have systems in place to work with families when attendance drops below an acceptable level.
All schools hope that the formal processes that can be used to address poor absence will not be needed and that all pupils will have a good attendance record.
Our aim is to work together, with your support and cooperation, to give all children the opportunity to benefit from their time as pupils at our schools and for them to be happy and successful.