As part of our commitment to improving the attainment of all pupils we monitor attendance on a regular basis. We want to ensure that all parents/guardians are aware of the importance of notifying the school of absence at the earliest opportunity, and ideally by 9.15am on the day of absence.
The options available for contacting the school are:
- You can text message the school via the Schoolgateway app
- You are able to leave a message on the attendance line via option 2, on the main office telephone number 01792 653609.
- You can call into the school office via the main entrance on Caepistyll Street and leave a message with one of our members of staff.
If any other unavoidable absence is required, the request will need to be put in writing, including specific dates and the reason for the absence.
The Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013 introduced fixed notice penalties for regular non-attendance at school.
The Welsh Government has required all local authorities to draw up and implement their own Local Codes of Conduct to ensure consistency in the issuing of penalty notices. The code will be implemented in Swansea from January, 2015.
The Welsh Government states that penalty notices are one option among a number of different interventions available to promote better school attendance. The introduction of these regulations is one part of the Welsh Government strategy to support improved school attendance across Wales.
The introduction of these regulations mean that parents may now be fined for their child(ren)’s regular non-attendance at school.
The local code of conduct, which explains how penalty notices will operate, is available on the Swansea Council website http://www.swansea.gov.uk/educationpenalty
On the website the local authority has also provided answers to some frequently asked questions.
If any parent has concerns about their child/s attendance, please speak to staff in school for advice and support.