Every day a learning adventure!
Every day is a learning adventure and we do all that we can to support parents and carers in ensuring that each child’s attendance is as good as it can be. We are really proud of the fact that our overall attendance for the last academic year was 96.2% and Ofsted commented that ‘There is no doubt that pupils love their school and this is reflected in their above average rates of attendance’.
However, we continue to work with all our families to ensure that the attendance of all children is as good as it can possibly be. Schools are required to keep detailed records of children’s attendance, including any absence from school. We know that those children who establish good patterns of attendance in the earliest years of schooling, are more likely to continue this pattern as they get older. We also know there is a clear link between good attendance and the outcomes children achieve at the end of their time in school i.e. children whose attendance is higher are more likely to achieve 5 good GCSE results.
Understanding types of absence:
Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of any absence is always required.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason like illness, medical/dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.
Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no leave has been given. This includes:
- Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily
- Absences which have not been properly explained
- Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
- Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays
- Day trips and holidays in term time which have not been agreed
Absence procedures – Parental responsibility:
- Inform the school office on the first day of absence by calling 023 9226 2717 and indicating the reason for absence and the expected return date
- If child is unable to return on expected date, parent to inform school office
- Provide copies of medical appointment letters or card
Head teachers are unable to authorise leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. This includes all holidays in term time. Any period of leave taken without the approval of the school will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. If a child has more than 10 unauthorised sessions i.e. 5 days (as there are two sessions to every day) the school is obliged to follow Hampshire County Council and legal guidelines. This is likely to include the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.
If you require a period of leave for your child, please request this I writing using our ‘Leave of Absence Request Form’. There is a link below or paper copies are available from the school office.
- Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Fixed Penalty Notice.
- If you require a period of leave for your child, please submit this request in writing to the head teacher as soon as possible prior to the leave.
Why punctuality is so important:
- Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses.
- Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson.
- Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and are embarrassed to walk into class once it has started.
- Children that arrive late are developing bad habits. It sets up your child for the future; whether at primary school, secondary school, college or work. They could lose their place or job if they think it is acceptable to be late.
Classroom doors open at 8.45 and lessons begin at 9.00. The register is taken twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session. Children will receive a late mark if they are not in class by 9.00am. The register officially closes at 9.20am, after which time pupils arriving without good reason will be marked as U which counts as a legal absence.
For any pupils where punctuality continues to be a problem, parents/carers are invited in to meet with the head teacher, Ms Clabon.
If absences become a concern:
- Initial issues are raised by letters to parents/carer
- If absences persist parent/carer is invited in to discuss support with the head teacher, Ms Clabon
- If this fails to achieve required improvement, then the matter may be referred to the Attendance Legal Panel.
If you would like more information or support on how to ensure your child comes to school regularly then please speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to see the head teacher, Ms Clabon, or Deputy head teacher Mrs Lane.