In March 2020 the government made it clear that no parent would be penalised or sanctioned for their child’s non-attendance at school at that time due to the Covid 19 outbreak.
Now the circumstances have changed, it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, wellbeing and wider development. We know that children have missed being with their friends and the wider social aspects of school.
Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance is therefore compulsory again from the beginning of the autumn term.
This means from September 2020 (unless parents are formally notified of a local lockdown where schools are closed), the usual rules on school attendance apply. The government has produced further guidance about returning children to school which can be accessed using the link below:
If you have any concerns about your child's attendance, please contact school (0121 464 2881 ) to discuss these with Mr Hyde or another member of the Senior Leadership Team. Thank you.