Attending school regularly, and punctuality, are very important and, may I remind you, parents are under a legal duty to send their children to school regularly. Parents should ensure that their children arrive at school on time, properly attired and in a condition to learn. Parents are expected to inform the school of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible. This may be done by telephone, a note or a verbal message. As the school registers have to show whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised the reason for the absence must be clearly given.
From September 2015, Denbighshire Education has worked on providing a Denbighshire wide attendance policy to include a consistent approach of all schools on authorising holidays and no holidays taken during term time will be authorised. Parents who remove pupils from school during the school day to visit the dentist, doctor or for a hospital appointment should ensure that the school is informed beforehand where possible. Pupils who arrive after registration should report to the school office before going to their class room.
Attendance figures for every pupil are shared with parents at Parents’ Evening. Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog is pleased that its attendance rate is consistently 95% or above, however, there is a strong drive from the school to work with parents to ensure that this does not drop and the school target is 96%.
The school works closely with the Educational Social Worker and monitors punctuality regularly. Pupils who are regularly late to school will be contacted by the Head Teacher and/ or Educational Social Worker.