Attendance

Attendance Expectations

We want our children to enjoy coming to school and to look forward to each new day. If, for any reason, your child doesn’t enjoy school please speak to their class teacher or a member of the pastoral team as soon as you are aware that there is a niggle.

The school day

Our school day starts at 8.50am. Children gather on the playground from 8.40am. There will be a member of the Pastoral Team on the playground during this time for any questions you may have. Children on the playground before this time will not be supervised so please aim to arrive between 8.40am and 8.50am. 

The school day ends at 3.05pm. In years 3 and 4 we expect that parents or a known adult collect our children at the end of the day. If you are going to be late, for any reason, please inform school so that the teacher can be made aware and prepare your child so that they do not worry when there is no-one on the playground for them. School does not provide wrap around care. They must be collected on time each day or this would be a safeguarding concern.

Punctuality

When children arrive late to school they often feel embarrassed going into class when everyone is already settled and working. This can create anxiety  when they first arrive at school. Late arrivals also disrupt the learning of the other children in their class. Punctuality is a life skill that we try to instil in our children to support them as they move on through their education and eventually to their work life as adults.

Absence

If your child is unwell please call school before 9am to inform us of the reason for the absence. It is a parent’s responsibility to inform school of any absence and give details of the reason why a child cannot attend school.  If we do not hear from you we will call home to speak to you. If we are not able to contact you we may make a safe and well visit to your home to fulfil our safeguarding obligation so please call.

Appointments

Whenever possible please make appointments out of school hours. We understand that there are times when this is not possible. We will require evidence of appointments during school time: an appointment card or the letter that you have received with details of the appointment. Without evidence the absence will not be authorised. Please be aware that even though an absence is approved, it still detracts from your child’s % attendance.

Holidays

We do not authorise holidays in term time. You are still required to complete a request for an absence form so that we can fulfil our safeguarding obligation. Where holidays taken meet the criteria for a fixed penalty notice we will always submit the paperwork. The fine is currently £60 per parent per child. Please note that the monies raised from this do not come back to school.

Keeping parents informed

Attendance is carefully monitored throughout the year. If a child is not in school they miss blocks of their learning. Once each term you will receive your child’s interim report. We will include your child’s % attendance on this form. The Government expectation for attendance is 96.%. If your child’s attendance falls below this figure we will send a letter to let you know. From this letter we hope that you will make sure that your child attends school each day. If you are concerned that there may be an issue please contact your child’s class teacher or Pastoral Team so that we can work together to get things back on track.   If their attendance continues to fall, (below 90%)  School will follow the local authority School Attendance Matters Pathway (SAMP), which can ultimately lead to a fixed penalty notice and/or legal action. We would ask that you engage with school before this stage to achieve the best outcomes for your child.

If you want to keep track or check your child’s attendance this can be done through your Arbor account.

See our Attendance Policy here.