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Attendance

Attendance and Lateness is monitored by:

Miss Allen

 

 

 

I am here to support you to get to school on time and every day. It is important for all children's learning to have good attendance. Please come and see me if there is anything I can help you with.

Weekly Attendance Figures

Target Attendance: Over 96%

 

Class

23rd - 27th April 2018

EYFS

Leo Class

95.8%

Year 1

Felix Class

96.5%

Year 2

Nicholas Class

92.3%

Year 3

Benedict Class

94.8%

Year 4

Francis Class

95.3%

Year 5

Valentine Class

94.2%

Year 6

Innocent Class

96.7%

Whole School

95.1%

Attendance is extremely important and is crucial to every child making progress and achieving. We expect, and the law states that children must attend school each day. Holidays, days out and appointments must not be taken in term time as every session a child misses impacts on their education and the school.

Lateness is also a serious matter and we would ask you to ensure your child is at school on time. We have a free breakfast club from 8:15am each day and the school is open to children from 8:45am with supervision in the playground. It is also important to collect your child on time at 3:20pm. Action will be taken on all absences and lates in line with policy. Penalty notices will be issued for unauthorised absences over 8 sessions (4 days).

If there is a problem with absence, please do not hesitate to speak to the Headteacher so a package of support can be put into place. We would very much appreciate your support with this matter. The attendance policy is available to download below or paper copies are available from the school office.

Attendance Policy

When your child is absent

To report an absence please leave a message on the answer-phone number before 9am: 0117 3772260.  By law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.

 

Whenever a child is absent from school the parent should:

  • Contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. If no notification of absence is received, the school office will contact the parents to ascertain the reason;
  • Where possible let the school know in advance of any planned absences e.g. hospital appointments;
  • Where possible make medical/dental appointments out of school hours.

Arriving late to school

When a child arrives late to school it can be very disruptive to your child, the teacher and other children in the class. If your child arrives late to school they will be marked as late on the register. If your child arrives very late (after 9.30), the child will be marked as an “Unauthorised Late” – This is the same as an Unauthorised Absence.

Authorised Absences

Only the Headteacher can officially authorise an absence. Parents should provide reasons for absences and the school must decide whether or not they justify authorisation according to government guidelines. Authorised absence may include:

  • Genuine illness of the pupil;
  • Emergency hospital/dental appointment for the pupil; (not routine check ups)
  • Death of a near relative;
  • Religious observance (faith of the parents / carers).

 

To request an absence, please complete the form below and return to the school office.

Unauthorised Absences

  •  A shopping trip;
  •  A birthday treat;
  •  Oversleeping due to a late night;
  •  Looking after other children;
  •  Letting the gas man in, etc.
  • Term time holiday - Family holidays should take place during the school holiday dates. These are published a year in advance. Please be mindful that absence due to a holiday is not, and never has been a parent’s entitlement.

Absence and the Law

As a parent you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. The details of Parents with children who have unauthorised absence (including those who have taken an unauthorised holiday) will be passed to the school’s Education Attendance Officer, who could consider issuing a Penalty Notice or starting legal action.

DfE Statutory Guidance

Please refer to the following documents from the Department for Education for further guidance about the legal requirements.

Guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities

Statutory guidance for local authorities, school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and the police

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