Regular and full time attendance is essential if children are to benefit fully from their time at school. Due to Government Advice and Guidance, our school will no longer be able to authorise Absence from Learning (Holiday Requests) during term time. This change came into effect September 2013.
Under instruction from the Education Welfare Department, an attendance summary report will be sent out half termly to those children whose attendance has fallen below 95%. The current expectation for pupil attendance in school is at least 95% or above which would allow for 12 half day sessions (6 days) for sickness or authorised absence. Should your child’s attendance fall below this expectation, their attendance is closely monitored by Mrs Miles (Assistant Inclusion Leader) who liaises weekly with the Education Welfare Officer. Please can we ask you to contact Mrs Miles if you have any concerns around your child’s attendance.
8.50 – 12.00 – Morning Session
1.00 – 3.15 – Afternoon Session
Children can enter their classrooms from 8.45 a.m. Children arriving after 9am must be taken to the office and not their classroom for reasons of safety. They will then be marked as late in the register.
Procedures for Authorised and Unauthorised Absence
The school uses computerised Sims registers. These are the responsibility of Mrs Punchard (General Office Assistant) who works closely with Mrs Miles.
Absence due to illness – if parents notify the school as soon as possible, this will be an authorised absence.
Absence due to medical appointments – clearly it is better to arrange dental appointments etc. outside of school time but where this is unavoidable the absence will be authorised if parents notify the school.
Leave of absence forms are available in the school office for parents wishing to apply for leave of absence for their child in exceptional circumstances. These forms must be completed in advance of the leave of absence and not retrospectively.
The parents of children who are absent who have not provided a reason for absence will be contacted by letter or phone to ascertain the reason for the absence.
The DfE Booklet, “ Policy and Practice on School Attendance “ states ‘…only the school, in the context of the law, can approve absence – not parents….’. Absences such as a child’s birthday, buying clothes, hairdressing appointments etc. may be condoned by parents but will be classified as unauthorised by the school.
Our Educational Welfare Officer has regular discussions with Mrs Miles (Assistant Inclusion Leader) and the Principal. Where attendance is poor or erratic the pupil will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer who will then contact the parents to ascertain the reason for the absences.