Attendance

If your child is not at school, they’re simply not learning.

If your child has attendance of below 95% that’s equivalent to 1/2 a day week off from school! That is putting your child’s education at risk. The school pays very close attention to attendance. It may not seem like it in term time, but 85% of a child’s life is spent at home; as educationalists we have to do the business with 15% of child time. If your child is not in school that is obviously reduced even more. We therefore value every session that we have with your child and have a zero tolerance approach to children missing school unnecessarily.

General principles

Good attendance means that children usually make good, consistent progress in their school learning. We expect good attendance from our pupils, in order for them to make the most of the opportunities that the school has to offer. We rely on our partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved as it is the responsibility of the parents to see that children attend school regularly and are punctual on all occasions.

We would ask parents to help the school by notifying us of all absences on the first day if possible, and always to ensure that any absence is covered by a note on your child’s return to school. Any absence which is known in advance, such as medical appointments, should be notified to the school in writing beforehand or through a phone call.

Our children are praised for good attendance which through working with your partnership, we wish to continue. We give certificates at the end of term for children whose attendance has been excellent. At the end of every term, the house with the highest attendance score is rewarded with a non-uniform day.

The school day

Our school day starts at 8.45am with times tables development, class registers are marked at 9.00 am. Pupils who are not present for registration will be marked as absent initially. If they arrive within the following 15minutes, the mark will be changed to late. If you child arrives any later, a note/explanation will be required.

Authorised and unauthorised absence

The law requires that all schools must now show the difference between authorised and unauthorised absence. Authorised absence can be:

  • Sickness.
  • Medical or dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside school hours.
  • Days of religious observance.
  • An exceptional circumstance which was unavoidable and a one-off incidence- ie. Compassionate leave.

Unauthorised absence is:

  • Truancy.
  • Staying at home to look after younger children or sick relatives.
  • Going shopping or having a haircut.
  • Any absence which the school has not been informed about, either by letter or telephone.
  • Any family holiday in term time.

Absences during Term Time

From the 1st September 2013, all schools were unable to authorise any requests for absences relating to holidays in term time. We do appreciate that some parents who work for the armed services have to take holidays at the instruction of their employers and therefore cannot avoid school time. Other exceptional circumstances could include unforeseen or unavoidable family situations. These are the families for whom the system is designed. Only in exceptional circumstances can extended holidays be agreed with the Headteacher’s approval. Holiday prices, last minute deals and the fact that the parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not considered to be exceptional circumstances.

Monitoring attendance

When a child’s attendance is a cause for concern, (this has currently now been set at 90% and below) or they have been absent from school with no communication with the school, it is brought to the attention of our Education Welfare Officer (EWO). The aim is to work with parents to increase their child’s attendance at school.