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Who can help with attendance: Mrs Jermy or anyone on the PSA team. 

It is important that all children attend school as much as possible. Children who attend more, do better socially and academically. It is important that all children are helped to succeed and by being at school as much as possible this can happen. That also means that children arrive at school before the school day starts so that they can have a smooth start to the day.

Minutes late per day during the school year.

Equals – days worth of teaching lost in a year.

5 minutes

3.4 days

10 minutes

6.9 days

15 minutes

10.3 days

20 minutes

13.8 days

30 minutes

20.7 days

All children start the day’s activities in an early work session as soon as they enter the classroom, to ensure that not a moment of the day is wasted.  We ask that parents drop off in the playground and if you need to talk to an adult please do, there is not enough time or it is not private enough for the conversation you require, please make an appointment for that member of staff at the school office. No parents come into the main school building without a member of staff for a specific reason.

If your child is late you must go to the office your child and inform the school attendance team that your child has arrived. They will register your child late so that our registers are correct and your child can be booked in for lunch.  If your child is absent from school for any reason, it is essential that you provide us with an adequate explanation by phone. If you don't Mrs Jermy will be on the phone asking the question of where is your child. The absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and you might receive a home visit if we can't get hold of you.

We are required to publish details of absences, including unauthorised.  This reflects on the school with Ofsted, so we do follow the rules and follow up to ensure as close to full attendance as possible.

Attendance at School and Legal Intervention

You will be aware that the law requires all parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly.

The Government is very clear that all schools must aim to have the highest attendance possible for all of their pupils in order for them to achieve their maximum potential.

Research has shown that children often do not catch up on work missed, which can have serious consequences for their learning and progress. The Government is very clear that all schools must aim to have the highest attendance possible for all of their pupils in order for them to achieve their maximum potential.

The Local Authority has introduced a system where any pupil who has an attendance of 90% or less with at least 15% unauthorised absence over a 6 week period or 9 consecutive sessions unauthorised absence will meet the criteria for legal intervention which could be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

As at 1 September 2020, the Local Authority has further clarified when fixed penalty notices are as follows:

  • There is a new criteria for issuing penalty notices, in order to apply for a penalty notice a pupil must have at least 9 sessions (4.5 days) lost to unauthorised absence. This criteria now encompasses absence coded as unauthorised holiday ‘G’, unauthorised lateness ‘u’ and other unauthorised absence ‘o’.

  • When the pupil has accrued unauthorised absence from school (at least 9 sessions) that is coded as ‘o’ other unauthorised absence.

Any pupil of statutory school age who meets either criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.

Our aim is to ensure that our pupils receive the most from their education and I hope we can count on your support in this matter.

If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent, per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If unpaid a further invoice for £60 per parent, per child is issued, both individual invoices would then have to be paid making a total payment of £120 in 28 days.

Failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in legal action being taken.

Our aim is to ensure that our pupils receive the most from their education and I hope we can count on your support in this matter.

Absences for reasons other than illness are not normally permitted, except in very special circumstances which must be authorised by the Headteacher. In line with national policy, holidays or extended leave during term time are not permitted other than in exceptional circumstances, and could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued.

Valid reasons for having time off school

  • Serious sickness (more than a sniffle or a cold)

  • Close family funeral - evidence must be provided and number of times will be tracked

  • Hospital treatment - evidence to be seen

  • Emergency dental treatment - not routine events

  • Music and dance exams

Unacceptable reasons for not coming to school

  • Going to the dentist (please plan well ahead and make appointments during holiday times or after school)

  • Hairdressers

  • Shopping

  • Birthday

  • Got up late

  • Didn’t have a clean uniform

  • Brother, sister or parent unwell

  • Late night

Health & Welfare

As parents, carers, teachers, support staff or governors, we take our role in ensuring the wellbeing of every child in our care very seriously. Staff are trained in first aid and we have a school nurse who visits regularly.

The best place for a sick child is at home in bed. Children who have had an accident or are taken ill at school are seen by members of staff who are qualified first-aiders. If the staff feel that a child needs further medical help or is unfit to be in school, parents are notified immediately. If necessary, for something like a very bad cut or head injury, the school will call an ambulance or take a child to the medical practitioners. Parents will then be asked to collect from the medical practice.

Any medication which has to be administered during school hours must be clearly labelled and taken to the school office, where they will be given by a member of staff at lunchtime. There is a form to fill in to ensure that the correct information is available to all staff. We ask if parents can please ring into the school at the time that the medication is to be given.

It is vital that parents fill in and return to us the ‘contact’ form, which provides us with an up-to-date home address and telephone number, and also details of where they can be contacted when at work.  If there are times when you are unavailable, you should also nominate someone else as a contact.

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