Attendance

Attendance

School hours

Nursery
There are two separate sessions and children attend either a morning or an afternoon session. 8:45 – 11:45am or 12:15 – 3:15pm.

Reception
8:45am – 11:30am; lunch between 11:30am and 12:15pm; and then 12:15pm– 3.15pm for the afternoon session.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1, 2 and 3)
8:45am – 11:45pm lunch between 11:45pm and 12:30pm.; and then 12:30pm – 3:15pm for the afternoon session.
Morning playtime: 10:30am – 10:45am. Afternoon playtime: 2:00pm – 2:10pm.

Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6)
8:45am – 12:15pm; 1.15pm – 3:15pm with lunch between 12:15pm and 1:00pm.
Morning playtime: 11:00 – 11:15am.

Children should not be in the playground until ten minutes before the day starts, as there is no supervision available. Doors are opened at 8:45am for a soft start. The children come in and complete morning activities and have breakfast, this session finishes at 9:00am where formal learning begins.

The importance of good attendance and school procedures

This is a successful school and your child plays their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach for excellence. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and below sets out how together we will achieve this.

Why Regular Attendance is so important?

Learning: Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.

Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.

Safeguarding: Your child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly. Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility and within the context of this school, promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child encompasses:-

  • Attendance
  • Behaviour Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Access to the Curriculum
  • Anti- bullying

Failing to attend this school on a regular basis will be considered as a safeguarding matter.

Promoting Regular Attendance:

Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility –  parents, pupils and all members of school staff.

To help us all to focus on this we will:

  • Give you details on attendance in our newsletters;
  • Report to you at least termly on how your child is performing in school, what their attendance and punctuality rate is and how this relates to their attainments;
  • Celebrate good attendance;
  • Reward good or improving attendance through class competitions, certificates and outings/events;
  • Work with the EWO, who will be in school each Friday morning;
  • Run promotional events when parents, pupils and staff can work together on raising attendance levels across the school

Absence Procedures:

If your child is absent you must:
  • Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence;
  • Send a note with an explanation of the absence or appointment cards;
  • Or, you can call into school and report to reception, who will arrange for a member of staff to speak with you.
If your child is absent we will:
  • Telephone you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you;
  • Invite you in to discuss the situation with our Attendance Officer and/or a member of the senior leadership team if absences persist;
  • Refer the matter to the Borough if attendance moves below 90%.

Telephone numbers:

There are times when we need to contact parents about lots of things, including absence, so we need to have your contact numbers at all times. So help us to help you and your child by making sure we always have an up to date number – if we don’t then something important may be missed. There will be regular checks on telephone numbers throughout the year.

 

Authorised absence is defined as follows:

  • When a child is prevented from attending by sickness.
  • Religious observance as defined by the religious body to which a child belongs.
  • Situations where a school would reasonably exercise discretion to grant leave, e.g. death of a close member of a child’s family.

We want children to adopt good habits of attending punctually. It is disruptive to your child and to the rest of the class when children arrive late. Latecomers may miss important information and teaching. In addition, children are often upset about going into classes and assemblies when they are late as they feel embarrassed.

When children arrive late, their names are recorded in the Late Book, and if the problem persists parents are contacted and asked to meet to discuss the situation with the Headship Team and the Education Welfare Officer.

Having said all of the above, if your child is late please do not keep them off from school!