As a school we regard attendance as critical to pupil progress and we continue to invest a great deal of time and effort into improving our pupils’ attendance.
The bell goes at 8:45am with the school day starting at 8:50am. We expect your child to be in class at that time. The afternoon session starts at 12:30pm for Infants and 1:00pm for Juniors and again, prompt attendance is expected. Registers are marked by 8:55am and 12:35pm/1:05pm and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. At 9:30am/1:00pm/1:30pm the registers will be closed. In accordance with regulation, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. Any child arriving after the front gates are closed should enter via the main front entrance where office staff can record their arrival. Children should be collected at home-time promptly at 3;oopm (2:50pm for EYFS).
We would be grateful if you would inform us as soon as possible if your child is going to be late or is unwell and unable to attend school. If you expect your child to be absent from school for more than one day please indicate this in your communication. Please telephone school on 01706 213756 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – you can leave a recorded absence message at any time. Administrative staff will contact you regarding your child’s absence if we do not hear from you.
Expectations regarding regular attendance:
As a school we aim to have all of our pupils in school every day and regard attendance as critical to pupil progress. The DfE states that pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. The minimum attendance level which is expected of all primary aged children nationally is 96%. We know that good attendance is the key to successful schooling and we believe our pupils can be amongst the best in the area.We continue to invest a great deal of time and effort into improving our pupils’ attendance. Whilst we recognise that pupils may have unavoidable absences at times due to illness and other unavoidable cause, we aim to reduce unauthorised absence and to work with parents and pupils to minimise absence where possible. The school runs a successful attendance reward scheme. Children are rewarded with a range of prizes from pencils, badges, key rings, money boxes to £5 shopping voucher.
We ask that children are not taken out of school during term time for family holidays or other personal reasons. There is no automatic entitlement in law to take leave during school time. All applications for leave must be made, in advance, by the parent of residence using the ‘Request for leave of absence’ form, available from the school office. It is important that parents understand that leave in term time will not be agreed by the Governing Body at any time unless circumstances surrounding the request can be evidenced, by parents, to be exceptional.
Further information can be found in our attendance policy and on the LCC website: