Weekly Attendance Bear for week ending 11th January 2019
Lynx wins the EYFS/KS1 Attendance Bear with 98.95% Attendance..
Cheetahs Class win the KS2 Attendance Bear for 98.52% Attendance.
It is acknowledged that a great majority of our families ensure that their children attend school regularly. Thank you! Let’s work together to achieve consistently high attendance.
Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress. The school regards absences as a very serious concern and there is an overwhelming connection between those pupils who are frequently absent and those who on to underachieve in their future.
Parents have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education ‘suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’ Section 7 Education Act 1996. We believe it is essential to regularly remind parents of the importance of good attendance and its links to pupil attainment.
Tips for good school attendance
We understand that children have minor illnesses e.g. Viruses and infections.
When your child is absent, please ring the school office on the first day of absence before 9.00am, where you will hear a recorded message from which you can choose the option to report an absence.
If no telephone call or email is received, parents will automatically receive a text message asking them to reply stating the reason for absence. Parents can reply to the text message free of charge. If a message or letter is not received when your child returns to school, the absence will be recorded as “unauthorised”.
In the event that your child has had symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, they should not be sent school until at least 24 hours has past, since the last bout. The same procedure will be expected to be followed should your child be sent home from school for vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
If you are struggling, for any reason, with Attendance or Punctuality issues, please speak to Mrs McCleary our School Parent Liaison Officer or Mrs Brightman our Attendance Officer in school about what support we may be able to offer you.
School begins at 8.45am. Please can you ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Any child arriving later than 8.45am should enter school via the main entrance reporting to the school office.
Arriving at school on time every day is an important job for parents and children.
Being punctual and ready to work are important life skills that we try to develop in school to equip children for working life.
When your child is late they are rushing and get off to a bad start.
If a child is late 15 minutes every day, that is the equivalent of 95% attendance.
A reminder also to collect your children promptly at the end of the school day.
Leave of Absence During Term Time
Please check school holiday dates – we send them out with the school’s monthly newsletter.
Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking leave during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school. No requests for holidays will be authorised during term time. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to request leave of absence. All such cases should be applied for in writing on the Leave Of Absence Form, please see attached. Parents should request leave of absence in advance and all requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence using the form.