Information For Parents
The Oaks is an Operation Encompass school. The letter below is sent out on a yearly basis and given to families new to school. If you would like any additional information about this programme please contact Mrs Crawford at school or go to www.durham.gov.uk/encompass
As a school for children with special educational needs, we do understand that there may be certain circumstances which lead to low attendance. However, every child’s education is really important to us and we would like to work together with pupils, parents and carers to ensure that attendance is as high as possible.
We are always trying to raise the levels of pupil attendance in our school. The government guidelines on attendance state that attendance below 90% is unacceptable and will automatically put a child into the persistent absenteecategory.
We are always happy to talk to you about anything you think we can do to help improve your child’s attendance.
Mrs Emmerson is our Higher Level Teaching Assistant for attendance. She may telephone you if your child is absent to offer support.
Please remember you must telephone school each day if your child is absent for any reason and we will need to see any appointment cards or letters you may have.
Pupils should not take holidays during term time unless in exceptional circumstances which must be authorised beforehand.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Crawford or Mrs Emmerson if you have any queries or concerns. We look forward to working with you ”
Please can we ask parents to telephone school (not text/email as this does not confirm it is an appropriate adult) to confirm your child’s absence. We need to know each day your child is absent from school so we know that they are safe. Any appointments should be notified prior to the appointment and where possible appointment letters/cards sent in to school. Many thanks
Please see attached letter previously sent out on 16th May 2013. The headteacher is no longer able to grant holidays during school time unless in “exceptonal circumstances” and all holidays will therefore be unauthorised. Holiday letter