We aim to excite and enthuse children every day and for children to engage in their learning. To do this and for children to make excellent progress we expect children to attend school every day. We expect all parents to support our attendance policy and ensure their children attends school every day (unless of course, they are sick).
We aim for pupils to achieve an attendance figure of above 97%.
To encourage high levels of attendance, certificates are awarded to children at the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer term for 100% attendance.
There is strong statistical evidence to show that students who have excellent attendance are more successful in school and achieve a significantly higher standard. The impact of reduced attendance is shown in the table below.
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The threshold for persistent absence is 90%. This means that students with attendance less than 90% run the risk of being referred to the Education Investigation Service.
As a school, we realise that there are occasions when young people cannot attend school because they are ill, injured, have suffered a close family bereavement or something of a similar nature. We are also aware that there have been a number of viruses and sickness bugs recently. At these times we fully understand their absence and would always endeavour to be completely supportive.
However, there are occasions when young people are absent with minor complaints when they perhaps could be in school, learning. It is on these occasions when we ask for your support in getting your son or daughter into school to ensure they have the greatest chance of achieving their full potential. We will of course support you fully with this.
If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please phone or email the school office before 9.15am to let us know.
If we have not heard from you we will start to phone your contact list. If we can not contact you we will need to do a home visit to ensure that you and your child are safe.
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, we ask that he/she does not return to school for 48 hours as this type of illness can be very infectious.
Taking holidays during term time is not authorised and is against Department for Education regulations. Leave of absence shall not be granted unless the parents can prove exceptional circumstances.
Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. The School’s Attendance Policy is available to view here.
We expect parents, who accept a place at our school to not take their child out during term time for extended leave or family holidays.
The school doors open at 8.45am for children to hang their coats up and settle on the carpet. The register is taken at 8.50am, we ask that children arrive promptly to ensure a positive start to their learning. The playground door from September will shut at 9.50am.
Please ensure your child is not late for school. Children who arrive late after the gates are closed are asked to report to the school office on arrival with their parents, to speak to Miss Moretto and organise lunch arrangements. Late attendance is discussed at Parents’ Evening and recorded on the end of term and end of year report to parents.