Elsley Primary School Attendance Policy
Regular attendance at school is essential to promote the education of all pupils.
- To maximise attendance of all children and reduce level of unauthorised attendance and poor punctuality.
- To actively encourage regular attendance by making attendance and punctuality a school priority through regular recognition and acknowledgment of exceptional pupil attendance.
School Attendance and the Law
All children between the ages of 5 and 16 MUST be in full time education (under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996) and it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that this happens. This is a legal obligation and if parent’s do not do this legal action may be taken.
Importance of Good School Attendance
It is well established that attendance is directly linked to academic results and being successful in education and in future can be affected by not attending school regularly. Establishing good attendance habits as early as possible can help a child in later life. So here at Elsley Primary School we will work with the pupils, teachers, attendance office staff, headteacher and Education Welfare Officer to ensure that all pupils achieve high levels of attendance.
If pupils are unable to attend school due to sickness parents should ring the school on 0208 902 8003 and either inform the school office staff or leave a message by choosing option 1 when prompted. Please call before 9.30am and leave your child’s name, class and reason for absence. If a telephone call is not received by 10am parents will be contacted by the school that day to find out why the pupil in not in school. If a pupil is absent for more that 1 day the parent must ring the school every day of the illness and provide a written explanation on their child’s return to school.
If the absence is for more than 5 days please provide a medical note from your child’s doctor.
If your child’s absence is giving cause for concern you will be contacted by the Headteacher to discuss.
Medical or Dental Appointments
Parents are encouraged to make all medical or dental appointments out of school hours. However if you need to take your child urgently for a medical appointment please provide the medical card so that the absence can be recorded appropriately.
Leave Of Absence during term time.
Parents should not normally take pupils on holiday during the school term and any family holidays should be taken in the school holidays. However the school may consider approving a request . A form can be obtained from the school office this must be completed and returned to the Headteacher and an appointment will normally be made to discuss. Please note that the following will be taken into consideration:
- The pupils attendance to date ( should be 95%)
- That the period of absence does not include any examinations ie year 2 or year 6 SATS.
- That no more than 10 days has been requested in any school year.
Please note that granting leave is at the discretion of the Headteacher and if refused means that any time absent will be unauthorised and may result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer.
The school will authorise 2 absences per pupil each year for religious days. Please still advise the school if your child is absent for this reason.
Monitoring and Dealing with Poor Attendance
The school has a set procedure to monitor and the attendance and to resolve any problems that occur.
- Firstly, the attendance administrator will log the registers accurately detailing all lateness, sickness and unauthorised absence,
- Monitor the overall percentage attendance for each pupil along with the number of sick days, medical appointments and unauthorised absence.
- When a pupil’s attendance falls below 90% parents will be notified by letter of this and asked for improvement.
- If no improvement is reached the parent will be invited to an attendance meeting to discuss ways to improve their child’s attendance.
- If there is still no improvement a referral will be made to the Education Welfare Officer.
All absences and lateness will be reported to parents at the end of each school year within the child’s report or by letter before this if there is cause for concern.
Reward for Good Attendance
The school has various rewards and recognitions to promote good attendance and punctuality within school.
· At the weekly assemblies the class with the best attendance/punctuality receives a certificate
· At the end of each term the class with the best overall attendance and punctuality will receive a class prize from the Headteacher.
· Every child with 100% attendance and punctuality will receive a certificate termly and at the end of the school year.
The morning is an important part of the child’s school day and arriving early for school is very important. The gates to Elsley Primary School are opened at 8.45am and closed at 9.10am. School starts for junior children at 8.55am and Infants at 9am. Children should be in the playground ready to line up at least 5 minutes prior to this time. If your child arrives late you MUST ensure that they are brought to the office and the Late Book is filled in by the parent or person bringing you child to school. Children should not be dropped at the school gate after school has started. The school monitors lateness on a weekly basis and you will be notified if your child is arriving late for school.
Finally if you have any concerns or issues you wish to discuss please contact the Headteacher who will be more than happy to see you.