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School Attendance – Information for Parents

School gives your child a wide range of experiences in the form of academic lessons, educational trips and clubs. The more your child is in school the more they increase their opportunity to fulfil their potential. School can also help your child’s social skills, such as making and keeping friendships. A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.


Parent/Carer Responsibilities

The links between attendance and attainment are clear. Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, improving their chances in adult life. In order to achieve their full potential we expect all pupils at Sunnymede to maintain attendance of at least 96%. Parents/Carers can help by:


  • Ensuring your child arrives at school on time (between 8.45am - 8.55am), properly dressed and prepared for learning
  • Contacting the school office on (01277 624592) on the first and any subsequent days of absence stating the reason for the absence and when your child is likely to return
  • Where possible, providing medical evidence for any illness 
  • Where possible, please try to arrange medical and dental appointments out of school hours. If this is not possible, your child should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment. 
  • Ensuring contact information (addresses and telephone numbers) is kept up to date


We thank you for advance for your support