Regular and punctual attendance is important. There is a strong link between attendance and academic achievement. This enables all our children to take full advantage of all the educational opportunities offered to them.
It is the parents, legal responsibility to ensure their child’s good attendance and punctuality (Education Act 1996). The school work with other agencies so we can support families and ensure their children achieve a good attendance. We have Attendance Improvement Officer (AIO) who regularly visits the school. If attendance becomes an on-going concern, the AIO will meet with parents to try and encourage full attendance. On occasion, this may lead to legal action.
Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. Children who are frequently absent develop large gaps in their learning which will impact their progress and their ability to reach age related expectations. A child whose attendance drops to 90% each year will, over their time in primary school will have missed two full terms of learning.
The Ofsted benchmark for satisfactory attendance is 96%, which is the figure set for KS1 and KS2 children.
You may be aware that all schools are under strict statutory regulations regarding pupil attendance and lateness. As such we have updated our policy to meet these criteria. A copy of this policy is on our website. Please be aware that you will receive a letter if your child’s attendance dips below 96% for any reason. The school is also under an obligation to issue fines for any unauthorised attendance.
School starts promptly at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.15pm. If any child is arriving into school after this time they have to come into school via the school office and be signed in. Any child that arrives in school this way will be marked as late. Any child who arrives after 9.00am will be marked as an unauthorised absence for the morning.
Where there are persistent incidents of lateness parents/carers will receive a letter advising them the school is concerned. The school will provide opportunity for parents/carers to seek support and advice to address any issues.
Collection of Children
Please ensure your children are collected promptly at 3.15pm or 11.45 for Nursery Children. There is nobody available to supervise the children after this time as teachers are at meetings or working in their classrooms. It is also very distressing for children to left after school has finished. This could result in a referral to the relevant services. After an extended period of time the Police will be contacted. If you know you are going to be late collecting your child, then you must ensure you call the office and let them know. Please do not collect anybody else’s child without first informing the office.
Parents/carers should contact the school office on the first day of the child’s absence. Details of why the child is off should be provided.
Failure to notify us of an absence will result in it being recorded as ‘unauthorised.’
Absence due to sickness, unavoidable medical appointments, days of religious observations and family emergencies (i.e. bereavement) will usually be authorised.
Should a child have periods of repeated illness parents/carers will be asked to provide medical evidence for all future illness related absence. This evidence can be a Doctor’s note, appointment card or copy of a prescription.
Due to current Government legislation, holidays during term time are not permitted. Schools no longer have the authority to grant a leave of absence for a family holiday, whatever the reason. Removing your child from school for a holiday could mean that you are issued with a fixed penalty notice as this absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
Attendance Liaison Officer
The School employs an Attendance Liaison Officer, who is responsible for recording the attendance of the children. Currently this position is held by Mrs Mitchell. Should you have any problems regarding your child’s attendance please contact her. Should your child be absent for any length of time you will be contacted and may be called in for a meeting. The Attendance Liaison Officer is here to be of assistance to you and is available during normal school hours. If you envisage any health or social problems that may affect your child’s attendance please feel free to contact her.
Once a week, we award our attendance cup to the class with the best attendance. The cup is then kept in the winning classroom for that week. The winning class also gets a sticker for which is displayed on the Attendance Board.
Once a term, we hold an attendance assembly. Certificates and stickers are given out to the children who achieve 95-96%, 97-99% and 100% attendance. Children that achieve 100% attendance also get a special 100% Attendance pencil.
As part of the attendance assembly, we also hold a class raffle. Throughout the term, every child who receives 100% attendance is given a raffle ticket to put into the draw. The winner of each class is given a class attendance cup winner cup with the school name on it.
Thank you for your cooperation,
If you would like to see the Attendance Policy Leaflet, go to the Newsletters section.