- Attendance and Punctuality Policy September 2018
- Attendance and Punctuality Policy September 2021
- Authorised and Unauthorised Absences Parent Leaflet
- Children Collected Late After School Policy 2021
- Children Missing Education Policy September 2017
- Children Missing From Education July 2021
- Policy on Safeguarding Children Walking To and From School October 2017
- Procedures for Looking After Children Not Collected On Time After School October 2017
- Walking To and From School Alone Policy 2021
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
As a school we aim to:
- Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 96%
- Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance
- Maintain good time keeping
Good attendance is important because:
Statistics show a direct link between poor attendance and under-achievement. Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically, find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with, find learning more satisfying and settle into High School more easily. A regular attender attends at least 96% of the time.
In line with other local schools, permission is not given for holidays in term time. Absences from school other than for illness or other educationally approved reasons will be ‘unauthorised’ and will appear on a child’s record accordingly.
If you would like to request a term time absence for exceptional reasons, please request a form from the school office team.
•Ensure your child attends school regularly and on time. Please telephone the school on the morning of any absence providing reason and a likely return-to-school date
•Arrange all non-emergency medical appointments outside of school hours
•Communicate the importance of good attendance and punctuality
•Celebrate successes and encourage good attendance/punctuality via the newsletter •Follow up unauthorised absences via phone calls and letters. If no contact is made with the school regarding absence, two members of staff may carry out a home visit
•Carry out meetings with parents/carers of pupils with poor attendance/punctuality and high unauthorised absences
PUPILS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE AS THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS OR CONFIRMED COVID-19
Pupils who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have had a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test, should self-isolate and get a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. If a pupil tests negative and if they feel well, they can stop self-isolating and return to school. If a pupil tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate in line with public health guidance.
PUPILS WHO ARE A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS OR CONFIRMED COVID-19
Pupils who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate. They should instead get a PCR test, and should only self-isolate if they test positive.
PUPILS WHO ARE REQUIRED BY LEGISLATION TO SELF-ISOLATE AS PART OF A PERIOD OF QUARANTINE
As usual, parents should plan their holidays within school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time. Families should also consider that their child may need to self-isolate following trips overseas that require a period of quarantine.
PUPILS WHO ARE CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE WHEN SHIELDING IS ADVISED
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield. All clinically extremely vulnerable pupils should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.
PUPILS WHO ARE SELF-ISOLATING BUT WHO HAVE NOT HAD A PCR TEST
In line with public health advice, pupils with symptoms must self-isolate and schools should strongly encourage pupils to take a PCR test.
Mrs G Dobey
Attendance and Admissions Officer
ATTENDANCE FIGURES - AUTUMN 2021-2022