The school takes attendance very seriously.
In the home school agreement parents sign to say they will ensure their child(ren) attend regularly and on time.
By law, parents whose children are of compulsory school age and registered at school are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and punctually. If they fail to do this they are guilty of an offence and may be given a penalty notice or prosecuted under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
The Local Authority set the school attendance targets and we have a link Education Welfare Officer, Rebecca Brookes (firstname.lastname@example.org), who monitors pupil absence. We ask that you as parents also take attendance very seriously and note the following points:
When a child is absent for whatever reason parents are requested to contact the school office on 01803 863519 before 9.30 am. Unless a reason is given, your child will be given an unauthorised absence. In the interest of safety, if we do not receive an explanation we will make contact with you on the first day of your child’s absence. We are required by law to mark this in the register.
Please keep your child at home for 48 hours after episodes of D and V. Children who are absent from school for more than 5 days may be asked to provide a medical note from the 5th day. In light of safeguarding procedures parents must inform the school everyday of the reason for their child’s continuing absence, failure to do this will initiate the schools procedures which will include ringing there contacts and carrying out a risk assessment to ensure your child’s safety.
Please endeavour to make all medical appointments out of school hours. If this is not possible, children should attend for registration so that they do not get a half day absence. Please confirm this information with a note or message in advance.
Schools Alert Procedures
If attendance falls below 90% the school will issue a series of letters under the guidance of the EWO. You will receive a half termly report on your child’s attendance, please make appointments to discuss any concerns you may have. The EWO regularly checks our attendance percentages and may request to meet with parents or carry out home visits.
Holidays during Term Time
No holidays are authorised during term time except in exceptional circumstances which will be considered in line with guidance. Please see the S2 Form Request for Absence. Children must attend school at all times unless they are unwell. Any holidays taken will be recorded as unauthorised and as a result of recent recordings of unauthorised absences the Governors have decided to refer to the Local Authority who may issue a penalty notice.
All children who are late (after the close of registration) also have a half a day absence, which is unauthorised. Registers close at 9.15 am. Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning lost and can obviously disadvantage your child. Being late means that your child is not settled at the start of the day, they miss the first part of the lesson and they can feel excluded from friendship groups.
What absence really means
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving your child the best possible start in life.
There are 365 days a year – you only have to attend school for 190 of those. That leaves 175 days to do everything else.
If you are 5 minutes late every day… that adds up to 3 days lost per year
If you are 15 minutes late every day… that adds up to almost 10 days lost every year.
If you are absent from school for 1 day a week throughout your school life… you will be missing 2 years of your education.
If you are absent from school for 1 day every half a term throughout your whole school life, you will miss, in total, 3 months of education
90% attendance throughout your school life = missing 1 whole year of education
Impact on Your Child
Each day your child is absent from school, is a day of their education they are missing out on. Good attendance is at the heart of good progress. Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of successful future may be significantly affected by not attending regularly.
Children who attend school regularly:-
Keep up with their school work.
Are present for all curriculum opportunities
Make friends and enjoy the social side of school life.
Have a better chance of getting a good job in the future
Impact on the School
In our Ofsted report June 2013 it stated
‘Pupils clearly enjoy being at school. However, overall attendance is no better than average and this is in part due to some pupils being taken out of school for holidays during term time by their parents, in spite of the fact that the school has a clear and published policy that makes it clear that such absence is unauthorised. This absence has an impact on pupils’ achievement. As a result, the overall judgement for behaviour and safety is good rather than outstanding.’
Please discuss all requests for absence with the Headteacher.