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What's Classed as a Persistent Absentee

Children who have 19 days or more absence by the end of the year (10% absence) are classed as ‘Persistently Absent’ and are tracked by the school and by Surrey County Councils’ Education Welfare Officer (EWO).

We don’t want any of our pupils to reach these absentee levels therefore we work to ensure we take action early on with any pupil and family where we feel concerned.

In this instance the following process is implemented:

Stage 1: Meeting with class teacher to discuss concerns/ issues/ barriers that may be affecting or preventing good attendance.

Stage 2: If no improvement, meeting set up with school attendance officer to agree potential solutions that can be implemented.

Stage 3: If still no improvement an official Attendance Panel meeting with Attendance Officer and Education Welfare Officer will be set up. At this meeting a parent contract will be drawn up and targets and review times agreed.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Any pupil on 90% attendance or below (with non-exceptional circumstances) must provide proof of absence if related to medical appointments or illness. No proof will result in the absence being marked as ‘unauthorised’ and the case will be referred to Education Welfare.

Stage 4: If everything else fails the case is referred directly to Education Welfare and if issuing a penalty notice we will write to parents or carers informing them of our intention.