The Mirror is reporting that a five-year-old boy who had to take time off school because he got run down by a car has been excluded from an end-of-term treat because of poor attendance.
Ozzie May’s school attendance record dropped below the required 96% because he had to spend nine days in hospital.
As a result he missed out on an end-of-term treat which saw other pupils enjoy a screening of the film Inside Out…
His mother, Faye, 40, said: “He is only five and he looks at it like he has been naughty and he is being punished…”
Responding to the complaints, Sutton at Hone Primary School head teacher, Leah Goulding, said: “We introduced an incentive scheme to improve pupils’ attendance, which was previously below an acceptable level and put us in the bottom 10 per cent in the country.
“The policy was introduced after assistance and advice from several other head teachers and is generally working well.
“This is a very unfortunate situation and I do feel sorry for Ozzie.
“However, it is not practical to start making exceptions. We suspect it would result in appeals from other parents all putting a case why the school should excuse their children’s absences.
“There will be similar treats for pupils with good attendance at the end of the spring and summer terms, and I sincerely hope that Ozzie will be able to attend those events…”
Stories of this nature crop up every so often but I’m still not sure if schools are right to stick to their policy even when it looks pretty awful, or whether they should make exceptions, even when that might undo a can of worms?
More broadly, do you agree that these kinds of attendance policies work or not?
What do you think?
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