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lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:14:23

attendance is ok?
ds is in yr 9, thats his attandance.
never actually been off ill. its been for 2 types of hospital appointments. neither have an after school clinic.
school have called me today to ask a few questions as they are concerned about his time off..

Creamycoolerwithcream Wed 05-Feb-14 15:16:48

How strange.

AnyCraic Wed 05-Feb-14 15:19:03

It's very good, especially as the absences are unavoidable! To be clear, the school is less concerned about his well-being than they are about their attendance stats for OFSTED. That's pretty sad but it's true. Don't worry about it at all.

AdmiralData Wed 05-Feb-14 15:20:27

My attendance at school was 36% at one point, nobody arrested my Mother. So 98.5% is bloody good tbh.

ScentedScandal Wed 05-Feb-14 15:22:11

What did they say when you explained about the hospital appointments?

UriGeller Wed 05-Feb-14 15:22:31

Uh-oh. Has he been going AWOL*?

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 15:24:04

Why were the hospital appointments counted as absences?

They normally count them as medical marks, don't they?

SlightlyTerrified Wed 05-Feb-14 15:32:19

98.5% is less than 3 days in a whole school year. Is that what they are referring to?

lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:35:06

i checked online, all of the absence marks have been correct with the days missed. normally a morning or after lunch. never a full day.

lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:35:54

oh, and yes, each time i have signed his diary and sent a copy of the hospital slip so they have known that it was for a medical reason.

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Wed 05-Feb-14 15:36:39

Mybae they have you confused with someone else? confused

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 15:37:01

Did they leave a message or did you actually get to speak to them?

TheCuntOfPhilomena Wed 05-Feb-14 15:37:47

Maybe they want to clone his immune system? 98.5% is very impressive!!! Please don't worry!

Facebaffle Wed 05-Feb-14 15:39:01

What exactly were their concerns?

lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:40:25

no, i spoke to them.
they said they were concered about how much time he was having off for his appointments and could i make them after school as his attendance was down to only 98.5%

missfliss Wed 05-Feb-14 15:42:02


lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:43:16

yeah. me too. i basically in a polite way told them they were having a laugh.

AnyCraic Wed 05-Feb-14 15:43:56

So they didn't even ask if he's ok or there's anything they need to be aware of, in order to support you and him? Shocking!

redspottydress Wed 05-Feb-14 15:44:11

Sadly not shocked.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 05-Feb-14 15:45:19

What's going on with schools just lately I thought we sent them to be educated and they act like they own them.

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Feb-14 15:45:20

Are they taking the view that he (for example) doesn't need a whole morning off for a 1hr appointment?

That's the only thing that might make sense.

lymiemum Wed 05-Feb-14 15:48:06

no idea worral but if its a 10 am app he stays off in the morning but goes straight in after. if its a 11 he goes in for first lesson then straight back. if its a 2 pm one he leaves at 1.30, but i dont tell him to go back after. and so on.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 05-Feb-14 16:01:18

They probably just dont know there isnt an after school clinic. Surely once you explain that all will be well.

bigbluebus Wed 05-Feb-14 16:07:36

So none of the staff ever have time off for appointments that can't be made after school then? Don't they realise that hospitals don't run clinics at times to suit patients.

MissBattleaxe Wed 05-Feb-14 16:09:40

I think 98.5% attendance is excellent and they shouldn't nit pick. Bloody nerve of the school!

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