ATTENDANCE AND REPORTING ABSENCES
For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence or later arrival disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class. Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
By law we have to keep a record on any absenteeism.
If your child is absent, the parent/carer must follow the following procedures:
- Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence before 9.15am. The school has an answer phone available to leave a message if nobody is available to take the call. There is also a text messaging service where parents can send in a text to let the school know that the child will be absent.
- Alternatively, they can call into school and report to reception.
If we do not receive notification of why your child is absent it will be logged as unauthorised.
Please note that it is the school’s policy to deem all holiday requests as being unauthorized. Only in exceptional circumstances will a holiday request be authorized.
How we manage lateness:
The school is open from 8.45am, Registers are marked at 9:00am and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by 9:05am.
At 9.20 am, the registers will be closed. In accordance with the Regulations, 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. This may mean that you could face the possibility of a Penalty Notice if the problem persists.
When children are late into school, for whatever reason, parents must sign their child in at reception and give a clear reason as to why the child(ren) are late.
If your child has a persistent late record you will be asked to meet with the Pastoral Lead to resolve the problem, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.
What are the effects of absenteeism:
90% and under absenteeism is designated as persistent non-attendance.
- 90% = 1 missed session (half a day) every week
- 90% attendance over 1 school year = 4 weeks of lost time in the classroom
- 90% over a whole school career = more than one whole year of lost learningPlease may I point out that if your child’s absence is unauthorised we are duty bound to submit the information to the authority to be assessed for legal action.
This puts a bit of perspective on the theory around absenteeism in school.