Term Time Absence

Promoting Attendance

Every school has a duty to promote attendance and we work hard to ensure that our pupils come to school every day, because every day matters. Attendance is rigorously tracked and we can see that pupils who have poor attendance make slower progress and experience greater difficulties in forming strong, supportive friendships. Parents/carers have a vital role to play in developing a positive attitude towards school attendance.  If, at any time, you have a problem with your child not wanting to come to school then please speak to their classteacher or to Mrs Cooper or Mrs Higham.  If a child misses their school day we can never replace it for them, so we need them with us for all 190 days!

Tracking Attendance

Registration takes place twice a day, at the start of morning school and at the start of the afternoon.  Therefore, each day counts as 2 sessions. Any absence is recorded as authorised (when the school is aware of the cause of the absence) or unauthorised (when the school does not know the cause of the absence.)  Each term the Education Welfare Officer meets with school staff to review attendance.  Any pupil with attendance below 90% is closely monitored and the Welfare Officer may contact parents/carers if they feel that attendance is worsening.  Pupils who have attendance below 80% (ie missing at least 1 day of school per week) will be contacted and in certain cases they will be referred to the legal process.

Celebrating Attendance

Each week the class with the nest attendance is celebrated in the Grapevine and a trophy is displayed in the winning classroom.  In addition pupils with excellent attendance records are celebrated at the mid-year review and at the end of the school year. 

Sickness Absence

If your child is ill and not able to attend school then please telephone the school office before 9:30am. If you do not contact us then the regulations state that the absence must be recorded as unauthorised. All unauthorised absences are reviewed by the Education Welfare Officer and may result in further action being taken. If your child has been sick or had an upset stomach then they must not return to school for 48 hours since their last bout of illness, this is to prevent the spread of infections.

Special Leave of Absence

In exceptional circumstances, such as for a music examination, a family wedding or funeral, parents/carers may apply for permission for special leave of absence for their child/children. Applications for term time absence should not exceed 10 school days per year. Please note that parents/carers are not entitled to take their child out of school for family holidays.

When reviewing requests for special leave of absence we take into account the child’s previous attendance record and the likely impact of any missed time on educational progress and social stability; all applications are treated on an individual basis. Requests for absence which coincide with SATs (Years 2 to 6 inclusive) will not be granted. If permission for term time absence is refused, and the child is subsequently absent from school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and reported to the Education Welfare Officer in line with local and national guidelines.



 

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Mrs Debbie Higham
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