Attendance and Punctuality
We all know that good attendance at school is vital for children to make progress. Therefore it is important that all parents ensure that their child is in school every day on time unless they are ill. It is clear that the vast majority of parents ensure that their children attend school regularly, but as a school we must always remain vigilant and attendance is closely monitored throughout the school year.
If your child is unable to attend school or nursery for any reason it is vital that the school is informed via a telephone call on the first morning of his/her absence. School need to know the whereabouts of your child for their own safety. Children who are in school receive two marks for attendance each day, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. If your child is feeling unwell in the morning but recovers by lunchtime please bring him/her to school for the afternoon session.
Holidays during term-time are not permitted.Taking your child out of school for a holiday may lead to a fine from the Local Authority. If you need to take your child out of school for any reason, a term-time absence form must be completed and returned to the Headteacher. Holiday lists are sent out to parents and further copies are available from the school office. Dates are also published on the school website.
Your child's attendance is monitored in line with the school's attendance policy. If your child’s attendance falls below 93% during a half term, you will receive a letter advising you of the percentage attendance. Attendance is monitored by the school in conjunction with the Educational Welfare Officer. An attendance award is given to the class with the best attendance each week.
Children in Key Stage 2 must be lined up in the junior playground by 8.50am. Wake Up Shake Up takes place at 8.45am if the weather is fine. If children arrive after the bell has been rung at 8.50am they must come to the main entrance so that their attendance is noted, in case they have missed registration.
Children in Key Stage 1 and Recpetion must be line up in the infant playground by 8.55am. If children arrive after the bell has been rung at 8.55am they must come to the main entrance so that their attendance is noted, in case they have missed registration.
Children who arrive late miss introductions and explanations for lessons, which affect their ability to make progress. Lateness is monitored and persistent late arrival is reported to the Educational Welfare Officer. We also review attendance and punctuality over each half term and the class which does the best has a treat.
On occasion it has become clear that some of the older children are arriving at school very early and are waiting on the playground, sometimes on their own, for a very long time. Please could parents ensure that your child does not come to school before 8.30am or if they do that they are registered in our breakfast club.