Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

School Attendance - Traffic Light Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers


I am writing to inform you that school follows a 'Traffic Light Initiative', which is intended to help raise pupil attendance levels.

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. As you will already be aware, we expect regular and punctual attendance at this school, as poor school attendance limits educational achievement and the future progress of young people.

The colours of a traffic light are being used to indicate the level of your child's school attendance.  RED = below 90%, AMBER = between 90% and 95% and GREEN = 95% and above.  Attendance will be monitored at the start of each term and if your child’s attendance falls into the Red or Amber category you will receive a letter and a copy of your child's attendance herringbone highlighting which traffic light colour your child is currently on, based on their attendance over the previous term. 

Our goal is that all pupils meet the green target of 95% and above attendance.  If your child fails to meet the target you will receive notice of this and you may be invited to a meeting at school to discuss the reasons for the poor attendance.   

We remind you that holidays are no longer permitted in term time and you could be liable for a fine if your child misses five consecutive days.

We also remind you of the Dereham Cluster Fit for School criteria.

Do send your child to school if they are feeling unwell with a minor cold, tiredness, a cough, a sniffle, a headache or a tummy ache. These reasons for absence will not be authorised.

Do not send your child to school if they are unwell with vomiting or diarrhoea or if you suspect that they may have an infectious disease.

Please contact the school if you are unsure and we will be happy to advise. Please have faith in us, to send your child to school. We will contact you and send them home if their condition deteriorates or if we think they should be at home.

I hope you will support the school in this matter.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Attendance Team in school.

Yours sincerely

Mr N O’Brien

Assistant Headteacher