Linlithgow Academy will positively work with pupils and families to ensure that each pupil attends regularly and punctually.
Good attendance and engagement are linked to higher levels of participation, attainment and ultimately future opportunities. The impact of non-attendance and non-engagement significantly increases gaps in knowledge and understanding and the likelihood of young people leaving school without securing a positive destination. For some, life presents particular challenges which may impact negatively on attendance and engagement. Attendance at school therefore requires to be approached within the wider Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach, considering the holistic needs of the child/young person.
Attendance at school is important to enable children and young people to fulfil their potential and for them to have the best possible start in life.
Absence from school, whatever the cause disrupts learning and impacts negatively on the life chances of our young people. Linlithgow Academy follows West Lothian Council's Attendance Policy which recognises the need for all students to engage fully in their education and promotes attendance through a positive and supportive approach.
Parents/carers should inform the school as soon as possible on the first day of their son/daughter's absence. If possible an estimate of the likely length of the absence should be given. If the school is not contacted then a Group Call will be sent. Parents/carers will be responsible for providing and updating contact telephone numbers for use by the Group Call system. Parents/carers should respond promptly to contacts from the school. Follow up phone calls will be made if there is no response to Group Call messages.
Please communicate with the Pastoral Support Team at the school if there are any concerns regarding your child's attendance or time keeping or if you are experiencing problems getting them to attend.
The aim of our school attendance procedures are to:
• make good attendance and punctuality a priority for all those associated with our school including parents, children, teachers and support staff and partner agencies enabling all our children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors;
• ensure consistency in dealing with all issues of attendance and absence;
• ensure the accurate recording of pupils' attendance and absence in accordance with Scottish Government guidance.
Some of your Attendance related questions are answered below
|Why is school attendance so important?|
Attendance at school is important to allow your child to have the best possible start in life. Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:
|Is it ever alright for my child to be off school?|
Your child can be off school if:
What can you do to help?
Be aware of the impact of regular absences
What if my child is anxious or worried about going to school?
|Your child has a right to an education and to be safe and happy at school. But sometimes children and young people can be anxious or worried about going to school due to many possible reasons.|
• You may feel letting your child stay off school is an effective option, but unfortunately, this will not help find a solution. It's important to talk to the school if this kind of problem arises.
• Your first point of contact should be the school. However there are also a number of agencies and services that can provide you with professional help and advice.
|What is an unauthorised absence from school?|
An unauthorised absence is when your child is absent from school and there has been no valid reason given as to why.
Support Information and Advice
Citizen Advice Bureau