Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ well-being, maximises progress in learning and helps pupils reach their potential. The attendance pattern 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 is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. It is our duty to promote 100% attendance for all children. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital that our pupils 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 is development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.
Good attendance is important because:
The Governing Body and Head teacher, in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at school.
At Hazlmere Church of England Combined Primary School and Nursery we believe attendance and punctuality is crucial to our pupils learning. It is important for children to attend school regularly so they not only learn, but also improve their social skills and raise their self-esteem. We will do all we can to encourage each child to attend regularly and on time.
We will identify any problems and act upon them and endeavour to support parents and carers in their role.
Our Expectations For our pupils:
•To attend school regularly
•Pupils are encouraged to arrive at school by 8.40am
•Registration is 8.55am – the school gates are shut promptly
•All pupils that arrive late must report, with their parent, to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded
For our parents:
•To ensure that their child attends school regularly
•To ensure that their child is punctual
•To inform the school if their child is absent, and why, on the first day of illness
•To send a letter into school on their return confirming the reason for the absence
•To let the school know if there is a problem with their child attending school, so we can offer support and endeavour to find a solution
•To support the school in its aim to raise its achievements through good attendance and punctuality
Promoting Good Attendance:
As a school we encourage and reward good attendance and punctuality in the following ways:
•Class certificates awarded Termly
•Attendance Bear awarded weekly
•Attendance certificates are presented to children with 100% attendance over a term
•An attendance certificate and an award for children with 100% attendance over the whole academic year.
Our rewards are reviewed regularly to introduce new ideas if necessary and to ensure their effectiveness. Communication We will communicate to our parents the importance of good attendance and punctuality. Parents are given information on illness and absence in the school induction process, this highlights the importance of being at school on time and notifying us if their child is absent for any reason.
Parents are asked to share any worries their child might have in school. Sometimes little things upset a child which means that they become unhappy and may not want to come to school. We hope that by working together we will be able to solve such problems.
At school we are required to keep register, which is a legal document and we must record the reason for any child’s absence. All parents are asked to contact the school if their child is absent. This can be done by telephoning or by leaving a message on the school answerphone (01494 521420 or email the school office)
A letter also needs to be sent to school when your child returns, explaining the absence. If no notification is received about an absence on the first day, the parent/carer will contacted.
If a child is regularly late for school, or is often absent, then the parent/carer will be contacted by the school either by text, telephone or letter. If there is an urgent concern, then the Headteacher will be informed immediately and she will discuss this with the parents/carers before taking the appropriate action.
We are writing to all children’s families to emphasise the importance of being in school on time as there have been numerous incidents of some families routinely arriving at school at 9.00 a.m. or later.
School starts at 8.40 a.m. every day. Children need to be in their class at 8.40 a.m. so that they can start their lessons promptly. Children who arrive late are greatly disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and the beginning of lessons. This means that they are often unsettled and confused about tasks. Their teacher will not always be able to re explain work.
It is also very important that children establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their lives. Punctuality is a life skill that they need to develop whilst they are young.
It is essential that you ensure that your child arrives at school on time to prevent disruption to your child’s own learning and that of others.
We are required to monitor children’s punctuality and attendance. On-going lateness (after the class register has been taken) is classified as an unauthorised absence and this is inline with The Education Act.
We understand that there may be rare occasions when you are unavoidably late due to unforeseen circumstances. On these occasions please make sure that you contact the school office to inform us when you will arrive.
High levels of unauthorised absences or poor punctuality can result in a referral to the Educational Welfare Service or other agencies which have a duty to investigate further and could result in legal action being taken against you.
If you are experiencing difficulties with punctuality and would like to talk to us about it, please make an appointment to speak to us.