Lead School Attendance Officer
> Mrs Diane Riley
Deputy Lead School Attendance Officer
> Mrs Melissa Lees
Our school expects every child to achieve an attendance of 96% or above.
Pupils whose attendance falls to 95% or below are categorised by the government as Persistent Absentees (PA’s). Pupils who fall into this category will be monitored and discussed. Where appropriate further action may be taken to support an improved attendance this may include:
- School attendance meetings with support plans- referral to the Education Welfare Service.
- Where attendance becomes a serious issue legal proceedings may be considered under section 4441/1A of the Education Act 1996.
Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly and punctually. Parents are responsible for informing the school at once of the reason for any absence (by letter, phone call or personal visit). School operates a “First Response System”. If school does not know of any reason for a child’s absence by 10:00am an Attendance Officer will contact parents by telephone or text. In certain circumstances further investigations would take place.
Authorised Absence - Only the school can authorise an absence. Mornings or afternoons away from school will be authorise for a good reason like;
- Unavoidable medical appointments
- Days of religious observance
- Exceptional family circumstances
Unauthorised Absence - Absences are those which the school and the governors, following Government guidelines, do not consider reasonable and for which no 'leave' has been given. This includes;
- Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily e.g. because they had a late night or for non infectious illness or injury that would not affect their ability to learn;
- absences which have never been properly explained;
- children who arrive at school after register close;
- shopping trips;
- looking after other children or children accompanying siblings or parents to medical appointments;
- their own or family birthdays;
- holidays in term time.
Morning Registers will be taken punctually each day at 9.00 am. Afternoon Registers will be taken at 1.00 pm (Infants) 1:30pm (Juniors).
Registers will be saved at 9.05am by teachers. A child’s presence at registration will be required for a mark of attendance. After 9.05 the school gates are locked and children must enter through the main front office. All children after 9.05am must be signed in via the InVentry System by parents or office (appropriate to age).
Children who arrive after 9.05am are recorded as late (L). The office staff will adjust the registers accordingly. The registers are closed at 9.30am. Children arriving after this time are recorded as late after registers close (U). This mark counts as an unauthorised absence. We will try to accommodate children with difficult circumstances.
Leave of Absence
The law states that the Headteacher can only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. Parents must apply for leave of absence and must supply evidence of any exceptional circumstances for the Headteacher to consider. Family holidays during school time will be unauthorised except in very exceptional circumstances.
Appointments in school time
Parents are encouraged to make all but essential or unavoidable appointments outside school hours.
Parents must show appointment cards if a child is being taken out during school time. School will keep a
copy of all letters/cards so that the register can be marked accurately.