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) and Mrs Punchard (Data Manager). Please can we ask you to contact Mrs Miles if you have any concerns around your child’s attendance.
School Times (due to current situation (Covid-19) we have staggered start and finish times)
9.00 – 12.00 – Morning Session
1.00 – 3.15 – Afternoon Session (Reception finish at 3.10pm)
Children can enter their classrooms from 8.45 a.m. Children arriving after 8.57am must be taken to the office for registering. They will then be marked as late in the register. The school gate closes at 8.57am to allow your child time to reach the classroom in time for morning registration at 9am.
Procedures for Authorised and Unauthorised Absence
The school uses computerised SIMS registers. These are the responsibility of Mrs Punchard (Data Manager/General Office Assistant) who works closely with Mrs Miles.
Absence due to illness – if your child is unwell and unable to attend school please call the school absence line on 01202 778181 (press 1) and leave a message including name, class and brief details of illness, you will need to call each day of your child’s absence for this to be authorised. The absence line is available 24hrs. If your child has had sickness/diarrhoea they cannot return to school until they are 48hrs clear from their last episode.
Absence due to medical appointments – If your child has a medical/hospital appointment during the school day please notify the school office and provide evidence of the appointment. Dentist appointments should be made outside of the school day.
Leave of absence requests – If you should require absence from school during term time you will need to complete a ‘Request for leave in term time due to exceptional circumstances’ form (see below) and return to the school office who will confirm your request once it has been processed. All requests will be recorded as unauthorised and will incur a Fixed Penalty fine from the BCP Council unless deemed as ‘Exceptional Circumstances’.
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. If no contact is made then a home visit may be made to establish the welfare of the child.
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 School Attendance Worker has regular discussions with Mrs Miles (Assistant Inclusion Leader) and Mrs Punchard (Data Manager/General Office Assistant). Where attendance is poor or erratic the pupil will be referred to the School Attendance Worker who will then contact the parents to ascertain the reason for the absences. Parents/carers may be invited to attend an Attendance Meeting with the school and the BCP Council.