Attendance and Punctuality
Good attendance and punctuality is vital as it plays a pivotal role in a student’s school life and academic achievement. We have high expectations for our students and all students should aim to achieve 100% attendance across the whole school year. We consider good attendance to be 97% and above.
Consider the impact of following examples over the course of a school year (190 days):
95% attendance = 10 days absence which equates to 50 lessons missed
89% attendance = 20 days absence which equates to 100 lessons missed
85% attendance = 29 days absence which equates to 145 lessons missed
School have a legal responsibility to ensure good attendance and we will be monitoring attendance closely and reaching out to parents/carers when attendance is beginning to cause concern (around 95%).
The Government has classed pupils with attendance of 90% or lower as a Persistent Absentee and therefore proof of medical appointments/illness will be required for pupils whose absence is below 90%, as part of our school attendance monitoring procedures and without this evidence, absences will be classed as unauthorised and can lead to involvement from the local authority.
It is important that you contact the school office before 9.00am if your child is unable to attend school, updating the school office daily for any ongoing absences. It should be noted that any absence not reported to the school office will be unauthorised and five unauthorised absences can lead to Local Authority involvement.
Leave of Absence during Term Time
Following guidance issued by the Department of Education, effective from 1st September 2013, authorisation for leave of absence from school can only be granted by Head Teachers in exceptional circumstances. We must follow the Department of Education regulations regarding term time holidays, which means we must refer to the local authority who may issue a penalty fine. The cost is currently £60 per parent for each child.(rising to £120 if not paid within 21 days).
A student regularly arriving late to school will lose valuable learning time. For example:
10 minutes late each day = 32 lessons missed which equates to over 6 days of lost school
20 minutes late each day = 64 lessons missed which equates to over 2 weeks of lost school
We respectfully remind you that school starts at 8.55am and children can enter the classroom from 8.45am. We also have a free breakfast club which starts at 8.15am Monday to Friday.
Good attendance is celebrated and rewarded in school in a number of different ways:
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