Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child has regular and punctual attendance. It is the headteacher's responsibility to ensure that this happens and also to support families who are having difficulty.
What to do if you are late
We ask that all children arrive at school, by 8.55am at the latest, ready to start the day at 9.00am. A member of staff will be in the playground from 8.45am to greet our families, and you may leave your child under our supervision from this time. The bell will ring at 8.55am, ready for a 9.00am prompt registration.
If your child arrives after 9.00am, please enter via the main entrance. You will need to sign your child into school in the 'Lates Register'. A 'Late' mark (Code L on the register) will be made in the register for any child arriving between 9.01am and 9.10am. Any child arriving after 9.10am, after the official registers have closed at this time, will be marked in the register as 'Late' (Code U for Unauthorised Absence) as per the guidance from the Local Authority. The headteacher and Pastoral Support Worker review the registers on a regular basis and parents will be contacted by letter should lateness persist, as per DfE and Local Authority guidance.
What to do if your child is ill
If your child is ill, it is really important that you email or telephone the school office before 9.30am (ideally earlier or before school starts) on the morning of each day's absence. The school has a rigorous process to ensure that no child is 'missing in education' and contact will be made by text, phone and email to all emergency contacts provided to the school on the Child Record Form if we cannot get in touch with parents.
When absences are unaccounted for, school will telephone all numbers and email all contacts provided to try to ensure all absences are explained. If, by 9.40am, we have had no contact from the family, this will trigger our ‘Missing in Education’ procedure as a safeguarding concern – this involves informing the Local Authority and Social Care & Early Help Services.
Children who take time off school to attend medical appointments will be expected to provide evidence of the appointment card. If this cannot be provided, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Please may we ask parents to make appointments before or after school or in the holidays wherever possible. This keeps disruptions to your child's learning to a minimum.
We do celebrate good attendance – children who achieve above 98% attendance across the year are recognised at the end of the year. Our Pastoral Support Worker has a focus on attendance in each newsletter, reporting the totals for each school.
Our Attendance target for 21/22 is 97%. Attendance figures for 20/21 are difficult to analyse due to covid lockdowns and absences.
If you would like to take your child out of school for a holiday or other event, please complete an Application for Pupil Leave of Absence form which is available at the bottom of this article. Where possible, it should be completed 6 weeks before the first date of requested absence. You will receive a formal response from the Head of School, after considering the reasons for your request.
As the weather gets colder, it is unavoidable that children and staff will pick up colds and winter vomiting bugs. To limit infections, please note that if your child experiences either vomiting or diarrhoea, to limit the spread of infection to others, they MUST NOT return to school until they have been clear for a full 48 hours from the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. We are not being fussy; this is strict legislation from the Local Health Authority and helps to stop the spread of infection. Thank you for complying with this rule at all times.