Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is the importance that pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on learning leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
The government expects:
• Schools and local authorities to:
• Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
• Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and,
• act early to address patterns of absence.
• Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.
• All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.
Authorised and Unauthorised Absences
All of a child’s absences from school are classified as either ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’.
An authorised absence is where legitimate reasons have been given to school and the absence is classed as unavoidable. An unauthorised absence may be where no reason for the absence is offered to school, where a child plays truant or where the reason offered for the absence is not genuine or is avoidable.
Parents/Carers are asked to contact school by phone, text or in person to give a reason for any absence. We expect parents to inform school by 8:45am . Following this notification, we can only authorise an absence in genuine cases of —
2 Emergency medical or dental treatment
3 Hospital appointments
4 Family emergency eg death of close family member
5 Religious observance
In line with government policy, we do not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time. If you take your child out of school for a holiday, you risk the local authority issuing a penalty notice or pursuing a prosecution. Please fill in the leave of absence form if you are planning to take a leave of absence for any reason during the school term.
First day contact
In order to keep accurate and up to date attendance records, we will be operating a first
day contact system. Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Janson will contact the families of
children who are absent that day, if we have not already heard from you. We normally
try to do this by phone, but home visits are occasionally used as well. We will aim to
check that you know your child has not come to school (to avoid rare cases of truancy)
and ask you the reason for your child’s absence if they are absent from school with your
knowledge. We expect that you will keep the school regularly updated so that we know when your child will return to school.
We encourage all children to arrive at 8:45 when the classroom doors open. Late children disrupt their classes and teachers when they enter the classroom and this can cause embarrassment for the child. If a child arrives five minutes late everyday they will miss the equivalent of two days school over a year.
The bell is sounded at 8:55am. Children arriving after this time have to enter school through the main entrance where their names will be recorded on the InVentry system by the office team. The parents of children who are persistently late for school will be sent a letter informing them of this unacceptable situation. Persistent offenders will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer .
Rewarding excellent attendance
We recognise that many, in fact most children at Newlands Primary School show excellent attendance and we aim to reward all children who attend school punctually and regularly.
All children who show 100% attendance and punctuality in a week will be entered into a raffle, where a draw will take place during merit assembly and the winners can choose a prize from the treasure box. The children’s names are also entered into a raffle that is drawn at the end of the year where a child from, KS1 and a child from KS2 can win a bicycle with accessories.
The top attending classes each week are rewarded with an extra playtime. All children who show 100% attendance and punctuality over a full term are rewarded with an attendance treat.