“Attendance and Punctuality are very important – our School target for both attendance and punctuality is 97%”
Infant School 8.55 – 3.25
School Gates Open – 8.40
Children go into Class – 8.50
Registration – 8.50 – 8.55
School Gates Close and Lessons Start – 8.55
Children who arrive between 8.55 – 9.10 will be marked as a ‘L’ which is late.
Children who arrive after 9.10am (Infants) will be marked as a ‘U’ which is an unauthorised absence.
Junior School 9.00 – 3.30
School Gates Open – 8.45
Children go into Class – 8.55
Registration – 8.55 – 9.00
School Gates Close and Lessons Start – 9.00
Children who arrive between 9.00 – 9.15 will be marked as a ‘L’ which is late.
Children who arrive after 9.15am will be marked as a ‘U’ which is an unauthorised absence.
Why is good attendance and punctuality is important?
Regular attendance at school promotes children’s well-being, maximises progress in learning and helps children reach their potential. Good punctuality means children don’t miss the opportunity at the start of the day to catch up with friends and are not missing out on the start of lessons or assemblies. It also means that they are not disrupting other children who have arrived on time.
The attendance and punctuality for all children is monitored weekly with the school seeking to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. One of our basic principles is to celebrate success.
Good attendance and punctuality is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. It is our duty to promote 100% attendance and 100% punctuality for all children. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital that our children are at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
All children have the right to an education and we have put in place appropriate procedures to support this. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance and punctuality is development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.
What is the impact of good attendance and punctuality?
- Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%.
- Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically.
- Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with.
- Regular attenders find learning more satisfying.
- Regular attenders are most successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, higher education and employment or training.
How you can help your child attend regularly and on time
- Making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
- Taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities.
- Discussing any problems, they may have at school – inform their teacher or whoever is in charge of attendance at the schools about anything serious.
- Not letting them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work. The following link provides information on common ailments and whether you need to keep your child off. NHS: Is My Child too ill for School?
- Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school.
What if my child is absent from School?
You should inform the School on the first day of the child’s absence, so that an authorised absence can be recorded. Authorised absences are acceptable reasons for absence and cover: illness; hospital/dental appointments; religious holidays; attendance at court; funerals etc. However, all appointments should, where possible, be arranged after the School day or during holidays.
To report an absence please call the school office on 020 8340 2064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Unauthorised absences are absences where no acceptable reason is given and include: shopping; going to the airport; a relative visiting; going for a haircut; parent/carer unwell; holidays etc. Under no circumstances may children leave the school, by themselves during school hours.
Parents/carers who collect children during the day to go to the doctor, dentist etc. must first report to the office and the child will be collected from their classroom by office staff. The School monitors the attendance of children. The Attendance Officer visits regularly and contacts families where the attendance of a child starts to cause concern and the School has not been given a reason or where there is a pattern of absence from the School.
If a child’s attendance continues to be poor, there are no justifiable reasons why your child is not attending regularly, and/or you do not talk to the school about your child’s absence, then you may be breaking the law and the Academy will notify the Council so that they can either issue a penalty notice or start an investigation into why your child is not attending school.
If you need to request absence from school for an exceptional circumstance please complete the form below.
When considering a Request for leave of absence, the Headteacher will take the following into account:
- The child’s overall pattern of attendance
- The age of the children
- The child’s stage of education
- The time of year (S.A.Ts or exams)
- The length, destination and purpose of the holiday/visit and whether it is likely to be rare event in the life of the child
- The family circumstances and the parents reason for wanting to take their annual holiday during term time
- Any other factors brought to the schools notice
Request a leave of absence
Attendance Policy (Summer 2023)