The 1980 Education Act states that parents /guardians of school aged children must ensure that their child attends school regularly. The school must record attendance twice daily, morning and afternoon. The absence will be recorded appropriately if notification has been received or as unauthorised if unexplained by the parent/guardian.
It is East Dunbartonshire Council's Policy that parents must notify their child's school in advance and in writing of any planned absences. In some instances if it is not possible to give advanced notice i.e. your child becomes unwell during the night, then parents/guardians must notify the school before registration begins at 9am. Parents/guardians should also give their child a note on his/her return to school confirming the reason for the absence
If no notification of absence has been received by the school then the following procedures will be actioned:
The school will contact parents/guardians or emergency contacts if necessary.
If these actions are unsuccessful, the school will ask the school's attendance officer to visit your home.
If the attendance officer is unsuccessful then the police and /or social work will be contacted if the school believes your child could be at risk.
Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as it both disrupts your child's education and reduces teaching time. Family holidays will only be regarded as an authorised absence where prior agreement from the school has been obtained and where it is judged the holiday is important to the well being and cohesion of the family, following serious or terminal illness, bereavement or other traumatic events. Parents/Guardians may request that their child be permitted to be absent from school to make an extended visit to relatives or to attend family celebrations.
All requests should be made in writing to the Head Teacher detailing the reason, destination and duration of the absence.
The school attendance officer is required to investigate any unexplained or lengthy absences and the authority has the power to write to, interview or prosecute parents/guardians or refer pupils to the Reporter of the Children's Hearing if necessary.
Pupils from Mosshead Primary normally transfer to Bearsden Academy at the end of their P7 year. There is close liaison between Mosshead Primary and Bearsden Academy and regular meetings take place to ensure your child will have a smooth transition from P7 to S1. Our P7 pupils and parents/guardians will get several opportunities to visit Bearsden Academy before their transfer in August . The pupils will be invited to participate in taster sessions and workshops, run by Bearsden Academy, where they can take part in fun activities over a four week period; pupils and parents will be invited to information roadshows and our P7 pupils will attend Bearsden Academy for two full days in the summer term.
During the summer term members of Bearsden Academy's Guidance Team will visit the children in class and meet with the class teachers in order to gather the relevant information that will ensure your child gets the best possible start at their new school.
Throughout the year staff from Mosshead Primary and Bearsden Academy work together on a variety of projects that are designed to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary education and regular meetings of Senior Staff ensures that we are all working towards the same high quality educational experiences for your child.
Parents wishing to or considering enrolment are warmly invited to make an appointment to meet with the staff and view the school. Please call the school office to make an appointment so we can ensure that time is available to spend with visitors to answer any questions they may have.
New entrants are enroled in January for the following August and announcements are placed in the local press and associated nurseries. The school office will be happy to issue you with the appropriate registration forms.
East Dunbartonshire Council requires you to produce the following documentation at time of enrolment:-
Proof of residency Current Council Tax Notice/Bill Recent Utility Bill (within the last 3 months) Plus one of the following:- Child Benefit Letter Bank Statement (showing Child Benefit/Council Tax payments) Tax Credit Award Notice Child's Health Visitor Book
Proof of Guardianship Your child's Birth Certificate
Placing request If you wish to make a placing request to Mosshead primary then you must enrol at your catchment school and inform them of your intention. You will be required to make an online application to EDC who will inform you if your request has been successful.
Deferred Entry If you wish to defer the entry, to primary school, of your child then you must inform your catchment school of your decision. EDC require you to complete the online“Deferred Entry to Primary School” request.
Pre Entrant programme In order to provide the best start possible for the P1 children, invitations will be extended to both children and parents to visit the school for our pre-entrant programme which takes place in June. This provides an opportunity for your child to meet their class mates and teacher and for parents to get an insight into life at Mosshead.