Regular attendance at school promotes children’s wellbeing and gives them the best chance of learning and reaching their potential. Children should attend school every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Good attendance is important because children:
- get on better with learning and other children;
- cope better with school routines, work and friendships;
- find learning easier because they do not miss out;
- are more successful moving between first school, middle school and high school, higher education and employment or training;
- are known to be safe and well by us.
Research shows a direct link between high attendance and doing well at school. All children have the right to an education. We encourage 100% attendance for all our children.
- tell children and parents the importance of being at school;
- check that children are at school every day;
- follow up and check the absence of persistent non-attenders;
- phone home on the first day of absence to check where absent children are
- involve our Education Welfare Officer for persistent absentees
- aim for an attendance rate of at least 96%. Children who are under school age, in Nursery or Reception, are treated in the same way as all other children;
- monitor school attendance data of individual and groups and target our support towards removing barriers to attendance for individuals and groups who need it most;
- discuss poor attendance with parents to understand any barriers the child or family might be facing;
- facilitate support for families to help remove identified barriers to attendance. This could include support through VIP, our Education Welfare Service.
- where absent persists and support offered is not being engaged with, we will communicate the consequences to parents. This may include formalising support through a parenting contract or education supervision order.
- when all avenues of support have been exhausted and support has not worked or being engaged with, the Local Authority can enforce attendance through a statutory intervention or prosecution to protect a child's right to an education;
- share and discuss attendance data with the Governing Board on a termly basis.
- by law, must ensure that their child attends school;
- should arrange dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school holidays, whenever possible;
- make sure that their child arrives on time between 8.35am and 8.45am, when classroom doors are open.
- or if they arrive after 8.45am, sign-in at the school office;
- should contact the school on the first day their child is away from school.
Children should arrive and be collected from school on time:
- registration is at 8.50am, for all children from Reception to Year 4. Children can go straight to their classroom from 8.35 to start their SODA (start of the day activity)
- registration closes at 9.10am, arrival after this time is an 'unauthorised absence'. Late arrival can cause children to feel anxious or upset;
- if a child is collected late, after 3.30pm, they will join our After School Club. We charge a fee for this childcare;
- we take the view there are no late children, only late parents;
- we contact parents of children who have patterns of lateness to talk about how to arrive and/or be collected on time.
Do you know that children who arrive a few minutes late start the day feeling more stressed and do not make a positive start to their learning? They often miss out on key messages and education. It disrupts the education of the rest of the class too.
Do you know that children should be ready to go into school at 8.35 a.m. promptly?
Being late to school has a significant impact on the amount of learning time lost over a school year.