Our motto: Every day’s important, every lesson counts.
Our principle: Every child has the right to an education and our work defends that right.
Good school attendance is vital:
To ensure the learning needs of all children are met
To avoid underachievement
To enable children to have maximum access to the curriculum
To ensure continuity in learning
To enable every child to feel a part of their school community
Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence
Authorised: Where the school approves pupil absence.
The child has a genuine illness and is unfit for school. Such absences are usually short term
Religious festivals such as Eid or Vaisaki (one day only)
Attendance at medical appointments. In which case the child should be brought to school in the morning, collected for the appointment and then returned to school. Whole or half day absence for short medical appointments is unacceptable, and will be recorded as unauthorised unless there is evidence that the appointment will necessitate a half or whole day’s absence
Unavoidable absences, relating to the child, authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher
Unauthorised: Where the school will not approve pupil absence
Any other absence, including holiday
If a child is absent, parents must inform the school on the first day of absence. A voice mail can be left if the office is closed.
Where the school has not been informed of the reasons for an absence on the day, the automated ‘Truancy Call’ system will be activated and parents requested to respond. If no response is made, the school will send a letter asking for a reason. If an answer is not received within one or two days, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absences must be avoided.
At the end of each week lists of ‘unauthorised’ absences and ‘late after registers close’ absences is given to the Headteacher who will scrutinise them. If there are concerns over persistent absence she may contact the family by letter or telephone. The parents of a child with 10 half day ‘unauthorised absences’ or 5 ‘late after registers close absences’ in the preceding 6 weeks could be subject to a penalty notice and will receive a letter informing them of this. If improvement is not shown in the following 3 weeks, the school will request the Local Authority to issue a penalty notice. A penalty notice requires each parent to pay £60 for each child who has been absent without authorisation.
All attendance register sheets are fed through the computer daily, which gives a detailed run down of each individual child, class, year group and whole school.
Where attendance continues to be a concern, i.e. below 90% and is not improving, children will be identified and, meetings arranged to help support parents. Children whose attendance is below 90% will also receive support in class and praised when attendance improves
The Headteacher is kept up to date with the above activity. She scrutinises the attendance records of all children on a half termly basis, and looks in detail at the records of those who have been in school for less than 90% of the time
Any child with a level of attendance below 85% will be monitored and their case discussed with the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who may contact parents
Staff members may ‘cold call’ on absentees on any given day
Interviews with the school nurse will be arranged for parents of children who are persistently absent due to illness
If poor attendance persists then legal proceedings may follow, including the issuing of penalty notices
Each half term, Attendance Week will take place to encourage good attendance. Edi – the school’s mascot (Every Day’s Important) will meet and greet children each morning that week and say goodbye at the end of the day.
Each half term, children who have 100% attendance will receive certificates and stickers.
Each term, children who achieve 100% attendance receive certificates, stickers and prizes presented at a special celebratory assembly. Children who achieve 95% or above also receive certificates and stickers.
Each week classes are told if they have had gold, silver or bronze levels of attendance. These will be reported in the school newsletter. Classes keep track of their attendance with graphs in class.
Punctuality is very important if children are to feel part of the school community. If they arrive late at school they are not able to ’catch up’ with their friends or be up to speed with what is happening in the classroom that morning
Lateness will be dealt with through letters to parents, the Headteacher inviting parents in to the school for discussions and, if all else fails to improve matters, penalty notices.
Each day the Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher stand outside the school greeting families. They also note down the names of anyone late. This gives a strong message to parents that we consider punctuality important and helps ensure that all lates, even if only by a minute or two, are recorded.
The gates close at 9:00, the same time as registers close.
Any child late after the registers close is given an ‘unauthorised’ absence for lateness. 5 such absences in a half term prompt a warning letter. 10 such absences prompt a penalty notice.
Policy reviewed every 3 years
Review date: Spring 2017