Regular attendance at school enables each pupil to fulfil her/his potential at all levels and represents a maximisation of educational potential within the community. Research links attendance with achievement, indicating that even occasional broken weeks can have a negative effect. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. In promoting good attendance it is also hoped that this will lead to the development of habits of good attendance and punctuality for the future. We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We will reward those children whose attendance is very good. We will also make the best provision we can for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.
- Teachers in charge of a class will call the register at the beginning of the morning and afternoon
- The Education Act 1996 states that Parents/Carers have the primary responsibility for ensuring that registered pupils of school age attend school regularly and punctually and that pupils receive an Education according to their ability.
- In class teachers will take the register every morning and afternoon using the SIMS system.
- When a child is absent unexpectedly, the class teacher will leave the SIMS mark blank, which will inform the school office of the absence. The office staff which will endeavour to contact a parent or guardian using the SMS
- If there is any doubt about the whereabouts of a child the school will contact the parent or guardian immediately, in order to check on the safety of the child.
- The SIMS system will show clearly whether an absence is authorised or un-authorised.
Absence can be authorised if:
- The pupil is ill or prevented from attending by unavoidable cause.
- The absence occurs so that the pupil could take place in a religious observance set apart by the religious body to which the parent/carer belongs.
- There is a family bereavement.
- The pupil is involved in an exceptional special occasion, which only the headteacher can authorise.
Absence will be counted as unauthorised if:
- No explanation is forth The school should be informed on the first day of any absence and the reason and expected length of absence given.
- The school is dissatisfied with the explanation.
- The pupil stays at home to mind the house or look after siblings.
- The pupil is shopping during school hours.
- The pupil is absent for unexceptional special occasions (e.g. birthdays).
- The pupil is away from school on a family Holiday.
The registration period is deemed to be:
8:50a.m to 09.00 a.m. (Juniors and Infants). 1.15p.m. to 1.20p.m. (Juniors and Infants).
After these times the registers will be deemed to be closed. Any arrival after 9.00am and 1.20pm will be regarded as late and marked accordingly. An entry for that child will be made in the Late Book kept in reception and will be dated, timed and any reason given recorded. It will be available for inspection by the Educational Welfare Officer.
Where children are consistently late (three or more times in two weeks) or absences are unexplained/unauthorised the following procedure will be followed:
- Parents/carers will be informed of the situation by letter.
- If a child has a repeated number of unauthorised absences or continued lateness, another letter will be sent asking the parents/carers to visit the school and discuss the problem with the head teacher.
- If the situation does not improve following this, the school will contact the Education Welfare Officer.
Parents/carers should make every effort to arrange medical treatment and dental treatment outside school hours.
Where a child has to stay away from school for medical reasons for more than two weeks, the school will arrange for suitable work to be sent home or will liaise with the hospital education service as appropriate.
Request of Leave of Absence in Term Time
- Current Legislation does not allow any absence due to holiday during term time unless there are extenuating circumstances when it will be at the discretion of the Head teacher.
- Any parent /carer wishing to request leave of absence in extenuating circumstances will need to apply in writing to the Head teacher 2 weeks in advance. This does not mean that the absence will be automatically authorised.
- If a parent/carer take a pupil/pupils out of school during term time and that absence is unauthorised for more than 10 sessions in a 7 school week period, then this will likely result in the school requesting a penalty notice.
- The notice is a fine of £60 per parent per child if paid within 28 days of receipt of the notice; but rising to £120 if paid after 28 days but within 42
- The payment must be made in full – part payments will not be accepted-details of how to pay are printed on the Penalty Notice.
- If the fine remains unpaid after 42 days, the local authority will prosecute the parent/carer for non – attendance of the child at school.
Broken Weeks and low attendance
- A ‘broken week’ is defined as a week where a child has missed one or more session of schooling.
- Multiple broken weeks have been shown to have a significant impact on learning and the school monitors attendance data for this termly. Children who have three or more broken weeks in a 6 week period will be monitored closely and their parents informed. Where this level of broken weeks persists over two terms, parents will be invited to an attendance review meeting with the headteacher and educational welfare officer.
- Overall attendance data will be monitored termly. Where attendance falls below 95% parents will be contacted via a standard letter and attendance will be closely monitored.
Should attendance remain below 85% for two or more terms, parents will be invited to an attendance review meeting with the Headteacher and Educational Welfare officer.
- All the children who have 100% attendance in any one term and children who have no more than one broken week will receive a certificate for attendance.
Please see the full Attendance Policy.