Attendance Print

"Overall attendance is higher than national levels.  Leaders have appropriate plans in place to address the lower attendance of a very few pupils."  Ofsted 2016

Attendance and Punctuality

We aim to promote a culture of punctuality in our school.  We appreciate that an occasional lateness may occur, due to circumstances beyond parents’ control and are, of course, sympathetic in those cases.  However, we work hard to guard against habitual lateness.  

Discussions about the importance of good attendance and the link between regular attendance and good outcomes in tests and exams are regularly shared with pupils in assembly, particularly those children in Key Stage 2. We regularly award certificates for good Attendance. 
We also talk to the children about the importance of arriving on time for school.  We encourage children to begin to take responsibility for organising themselves ready for the school day, getting uniform and equipment ready the night before where possible.  We remind children that good habits developed now will stand them in good stead in the future, when they grow up and join the workforce.  We believe this is part of our responsibility to prepare our pupils properly for their economic future.

In our school, the school gate is open from 8.45 am onwards, for 10 minutes.  Pupils go straight to their classrooms on arrival and begin an early morning task.  These tasks are designed to enable children to start thinking as soon as they come to school, making the most of every learning moment.  Pupils who regularly arrive late miss this first activity, and the benefits for learning that it brings. 

The school gate is closed at 8.55 am and all children should be in their classrooms by then, as resgistration begins at 8.55 am.  Pupils having school lunches choose their meal at this time, and pupils arriving late put additional pressure on the school kitchen and office staff as separate arrangements have to be made to order their meal.

Pupils arriving after the gate has closed must report to the school office.  The school will contact any family regularly arriving late and discuss ways to improve punctuality. Once registers are completed the School Office telephones home to explore any absences for which we have not been informed.  

Occasionally, a pupil might become reluctant to attend school due to anxiety. This may be related to classroom routines or curriculum, an issue with another pupil, or something which is happening at home.  We encourage parents and carers to let class teachers know straight away if their child is anxious about coming to school so that we can work together to resolve any problems and enable the child to feel happy and confident again. 


Absence

Parents and carers are asked to notify the school office as soon as possible each morning and before 9.00 am to report that their child will be absent from school.  Messages may be left on the school answerphone. 


Parents and carers are encouraged to keep medical appointments taken during the school day to an absolute minimum and to notify us in writing in advance of any such appointments.

Whilst we don't want pupils to attend school when they are genuinely too ill to do so, we do encourage children to come to school even when they are feeling a little 'under the weather'. 

When children come to the school office during the school day because they are feeling poorly, we encourage them to return to class wherever we can, after giving them appropriate care and attention.  When children are not well enough to return to class we contact parents so that they can be taken home. 

Requests for Authorised Absence during Term Time (Holiday Requests)

In line with all other local schools, and in keeping with Local Authority and National policy, we firmly discourage families from requesting leave of absence during term time.

Pupils who are absent from school for the purposes of a family holiday miss out on vital teaching and learning.  This cannot be effectively compensated for by parents offering to take work on holiday with them, nor is it cancelled out by the perceived benefits from travel and holiday experiences.  Children need to be in school for the duration of the school year, to ensure continuity in their learning and to maintain and develop their friendships.

In all cases, authorisation must be sought from the Headteacher well in advance of any planned absence, using the form available from the school office. The form should be accompanied by a letter if additional detail is required.  Authorisation requests will not be accepted if received in any other form, including email.  All retrospective requests for absence will be classed as unauthorised. 

We understand that one or two families, such as service families, face exceptional circumstances.  The school recognises this and will work with parents to achieve the best for the children concerned.  Where appropriate, the head teacher will contact families to discuss individual cases.  


Information for Parents and Carers about the Links between Attendance and Achievement


HIGH LEVELS OF ATTENDANCE PRODUCE HIGH STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT


We share the following information about attendance and attainment to help parents and carers understand why regular attendance is so vital if we want each child to achieve his or her full potential.

Research shows that the more time pupils spend in lessons the more they learn.  It is the chief reason why headteachers take a great deal of interest in the amount of time pupils are absent from school whether through illness or holidays.

Only in rare circumstances can absence from school be justified.  Children work to carefully planned and structured programmes of study and any absence can be detrimental to a child’s learning.  Even a single day can be significant in terms of lost opportunities.

Attendance is recorded as a percentage.¬† This can sometimes be misleading for parents, as pupils need to achieve a very high score (higher than would normally constitute ‚Äėgood‚Äô) in order to be achieving a good attendance figure.¬† A good attendance figure is considered to be one that is above 96%.

80% attendance represents one day off a week, averaged out through the year.  90% attendance represents one day off a fortnight.

It seems incredible, but pupils are only in school for 190 days each year.¬† There are 13 weeks when pupils are already on holiday - this adds up to 175 days ‚Äď nearly half the year!¬†

The loss of learning time which occurs through the taking of any additional holiday adds up over the course of a pupil’s career.

If pupils take two weeks of annual holiday in term time every year, then:

By the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2), they will have lost over a month of schooling.

By  the end of Key Stage 2  (year 6),  they will have lost three months of schooling.

By  the end of Key Stage 3 (year 9), they will have lost four months of schooling.

By their GCSE examinations (year 11) they will have lost over half a year of schooling.

This will certainly affect their results.

 


 
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