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Attendance & Punctuality

School Opening Times

School starts at: 8:55am (children need to be arriving by 8:50am)

KS1 Lunchtime: 12 noon - 1:15pm

KS2 Lunchtime: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

School closes at: 3:15pm

Please note that we do not accept responsibility for children who arrive at school before 8.50 am. If you normally meet your child from school but are likely to be delayed please contact school at once and arrangements will be made to keep your child at the school office until you arrive.

Attendance and Punctuality

A careful check is kept on attendance and punctuality and your child’s attendance record will be reported to you at the end of each year. Regular attendance at school is vital to a child’s educational development.

Parents can help us by:

  • Ringing on the first morning of all absences, before 10am, with the reason and saying when they expect their child to return
  • Arranging dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school breaks
  • Sending in a note explaining the reason for absence on your child’s return to school after an illness
  • Keeping us updated by telephone or letter if your child has an extended period of absence due to illness
  • Ensuring that your child arrives at school on time each day

School will:

  • Follow up unexplained absences by a phone call and/ or by ParentMail
  • Let you know if they have concerns regarding your child’s attendance
  • Work in co-operation with the School Attendance Officer

Holidays in Term Time - Important Amendments to Legislation

The Department for Education (DfE) has amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 governing requests for holidays in term time.

From 1 September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday in term time. It makes it clear that Headteachers may not grant any holidays or other absences during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Parents can receive a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday in term time without the consent of school. From 1 September these Penalty Notices cost £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days and £120 per child per parent if paid between 22 and 28 days.

Further information can be obtained from www.dfe.gov.uk

Why is good attendance important ?

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders have an easier transfer to secondary school

 

                                         Attendance Traffic Lights

100%

Excellent

Well done. This will help your child to be successful at school.

 

96% - 99%

Very Good

Try to avoid further absences if you can.

93% - 95%

Cause for Concern

Trigger for school monitoring.

95% is equivalent to ¼ of a day off each week.

92% or less

Poor

Absence affecting attainment & progress at school.

90% is equivalent to ½ day off each week.

85% or less

Unacceptable

Serious concern. Absence is disrupting your child’s learning, attainment & progress. Leading to EWO involvement / fixed penalty fine.

Every School Day Counts

Being late adds up to a loss of learning.

  • If you are 5 minutes late every day that adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
  • 15 minutes late is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year!
  • Being late every day can add up to a lot of lost learning time.

Please help your child to get into good habits & be punctual.