Attendance

Attendance

Lateness

If you reach school after the normal  start time, please take your child to the office so he/she can be signed in the ‘Late’ book. Please be assured that this is entirely for the safety and welfare of your child.  It is a Government requirement that we complete the attendance register, and are able to supply written evidence of latecomers and absences and are aware of every child’s whereabouts as part of safeguarding our children. Even more vitally, we need a record of the fact that your child is on the premises. Should you know that your child will be late coming into school, please e-mail or ring the office before 8.50 a.m.

Absence

For planned absences such as medical/dental appointments, please fill out a medical form available at the school office or click on the link below.   Your child will be signed out in the ‘Signing Out’ book, then signed in when they return. Holidays during term time can only be authorised if sufficient evidence showing exceptional circumstances is provided. 

If your child is ill, please e-mail, text or ring before 8.50 a.m, with your child’s name and class, the dates they will be absent and the reason for absence. Please be aware that children must be absent for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. An e-mail will act as your child’s absence note, but if you ring, you will need to send an e-mail or an absence letter, addressed to the Office. This is to comply with regulations, so failure to supply an absence note results in the Office staff chasing you until you submit!

When a child is ill at school and needs to be collected, a member of staff will phone you.  Please make sure that we have up to date contact details.   

Issues parents/carers need to be aware of:
Should a school not agree to grant leave and the parents/carers take their child out of school regardless, then this will be counted as unauthorised absence. Schools are legally required to record absences that accrue as a consequence of leave of absence that has been taken without authorisation. Failure to ensure a child’s attendance at school is an offence under Section 444 of The Education Act 1996.

If the headteacher authorises the leave of absence, it is expected that the child’s attendance will be of a satisfactory level both prior to and after the date covered by the request.

Application Process
A parent/carer requesting leave of absence during term time should make the application in writing at least two weeks in advance. A leave of absence request form is available from the school office or can be downloaded from our website.  The school will reply to all applications in writing stating the Headteacher’s decision.

Consequences of Poor Attendance
If your son/daughter’s attendance falls below 90% it is of great concern to us and we have to discuss the issue with our Educational Welfare Officer. We will not be able to authorise absence under this level. If the absence is due to an illness/medical issue then we may request you obtain a medical note from a GP/hospital.

Research suggests that children who are absent from school may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results. When children are absent from school, they miss not only the teaching provided on the days when they are away, but are also less prepared for the lessons that follow which build on prior knowledge and teaching. As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.

Our attendance officers are: Mrs R Morgan and Mrs G Bradford.

Year group

Arrival time

Collection time

Nursery Rising 3s and Pre school

8:45

11:45 or 2:45

Reception

8:45

2:55

Y1

8:50

3:00

Y2

8:50

3:00

Y3

8:55

3:05

Y4

8:55

3:10

Y5

8:50

3:10

6MJ

8:45

3:05

6LG

8:45

3:05

6JR

8:55

3:15

6DC

8:55

3:15

Y7/Y8

09:00

3:15