“Schools are required to monitor and report
on punctuality and absence from school.”
DFE Circular No. 11/91
The school actively encourages full attendance at all times throughout the school year. If your child is due to be absent through ill health, you must inform the main school office before 9.15 a.m. on the first day of absence, otherwise it will be recorded as unauthorised. We have a duty to monitor children’s attendance very closely throughout the school year and any causes of concern will be reported to the Attendance Improvement Team (AIT) .
Mrs Gilyeat is our school Attendance Officer, her role is to support those children and families who have issues with attendance and punctuality. She works with families and identifies methods of improving the child’s attendance. Where there is no clear improvement in a child’s attendance, the family will be referred to the local authority for further action.
On a weekly basis a certificate is awarded to the best attending class in our Celebration Assembly.
At the end of each month the best attending class receives a certificate.
Each half term we give a certificate to all the children who have achieved 98% or above attendance for the half term. These children are entered into a draw to receive £5.00. Families with all children who achieve 98% or above are also entered into a draw for a £30 ASDA voucher.
On a termly basis green, yellow and red percentage attendance printouts are sent to parents.
At the end of the year we give a certificate to all those children who have 100% attendance for the whole year, these children are then entered into a draw for a £100 Halfords voucher.
Leave of absence (medical and holidays)
Regular attendance and punctuality at school is essential for every child. Any request for leave of absence must be made prior to the event and must be for exceptional circumstances. Evidence will be required to support any term time leave of absence. Holidays are not classed as exceptional circumstances. If permission from the head teacher is not requested for a leave of absence during term time, children will be given an unauthorised absence and parents may face a potential fine for continued high levels of absence.
1 or 2 days a week doesn’t seem much but………
|If you miss…||That equals…||Which is…||And over 13 years of schooling that’s…|
|1 day per fortnight||20 days per year||4 weeks per year||Nearly 1.5 years|
|1 day per week||40 days per year||8 weeks per year||Over 2.5 years|
|2 days per week||80 days per year||16 weeks per year||Over 5 years|
|3 days per week||120 days per year||24 weeks per year||Nearly 8 years|
Being late adds up…………
- Arriving 5 minutes late everyday adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 19 days a year.