Attendance and Punctuality at St Mary's
MEDICALS Where possible, please make medical appointments outside of school hours. However, we understand at times this is sometimes difficult, on these occasions please provide school with a medical card or letter. A medical appointment DOES reduce your child’s percentage attendance. Please also be aware we are not able to authorise siblings being taken out of school when they do not have an appointment. These absences will be unauthorised.
OTHER ABSENCES Children are required to attend school every day. Please be aware that absences for ‘snow’ ‘rain’ or ‘extreme cold weather’ days do affect your child’s overall attendance if they do not attend and if school make the decision to remain open during adverse weather conditions, absences will be unauthorised.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES School acknowledge that there are occasions when children will be required to attend sporting tournaments, competitions or sporting exams during term time. Proof of this must be provided to school. School are unable to authorise competitions that are held over the weekend but where parents choose to travel to the venue on a school day.
ACTING/MODELLING APPLICATIONS Whilst school supports extra-curricular activities, children who are required to attend auditions, assignments or productions during the school day, must put their application in writing to school, allowing at least one school week for the request to be processed. Each individual application will be considered. Governors agreed that a maximum of 5 days per term may be granted, taking in to account; any attendance concerns, the impact on the child’s academic progress and any events occurring at the time of the request.
RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE School encourage and support our children and their families to celebrate religious events, however children are expected to be in school every day leading up to religious festivals and back in school immediately after. If parents keep their children off school for longer than is entitled these days will not be authorised. School will only authorise the date of the festival, a maximum of 2 days per academic year.
HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME Holidays MUST NOT be booked prior to requesting permission from school, the application must be made at least 6 weeks before the intended departure. Forms are available from the school office. The amendment to regulations is still in place making it clear that the Head Teacher ‘may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.’ This includes visits to countries of origin. Penalty notices will be requested by school. If more than one holiday is taken during the academic year and a Penalty Notice has been previously requested, school will notify the Local Authority. This may result in parent/carers being prosecuted direct through the courts Research shows that a break of one week or more from school can often lead to children falling behind in their work and that some children never catch up.
Last year over 430 days were lost due to children taking holidays during term time.
PENALTY NOTICES School may at times request that a Penalty Notice, through the Education Attendance Service, is issued to a parent/carer, this will only be used when parent/carers have been informed of our concerns, offered support but do not work with us and/or show continued and sustained improvement. Penalty Notices will be requested for the following reasons; 1. Persistent unauthorised late arrival to school 2. Unauthorised absences were no reasons have been provided by the parent/carer or the reason is not accepted by school 3. Holidays during term time Parents must from the 1st September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days, this is per parent, per child’.
FAST TRACK TO ATTENDANCE Fast Track to Attendance is a time focused approach to improve attendance. The aim of Fast Track is to promote early intervention by school and where necessary by the Local Authority. The aim is to ensure that rapid and appropriate action is taken to tackle absence problems as soon as they become apparent. Failure to make and sustain changes will result in the Local Authority prosecuting through the courts.
CHILDREN MISSING EDUCATION At St Mary’s RC Primary we believe all children, regardless of their circumstances or background are entitled to a full time education which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs. Pupil absence will be followed up on a daily basis as a matter of priority. Every child who has a continuous period of absence of three days or more will be required to provide proof of absence; home visits will also be undertaken. School will follow the Education Attendance Service process when a child has been absent for three or more days without reason, contact will initially be via telephone, followed by a home visit and a letter. If after 10 school days no contact has been made, school will complete the Child Missing Education (CME) form and forward the schools investigation to the Local Authority, who will then follow their procedures. After a period of 20 days and on completion of all safeguarding checks, a child will be removed from school roll. School follow Department for Education Statutory guidance, which can be found on the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/children-missing-education
REWARDS Weekly celebration assemblies are held, an attendance trophy is awarded to the class with the highest attendance. If a class achieves 100% they are rewarded with an ‘Own Clothes Day’. Children with 100% attendance during a term receive a certificate.
Children are rewarded for whole year attendance at the end of the summer term. Children will receive a certificate; these differ dependent on percentage attendance achieved; Gold, Silver and Bronze award. Each child will then be placed in to a draw and have the opportunity to win a Family Ticket to the cinema.
Once again we thank you for your continued support.
St. Mary's RC Primary School DCSF No: 353 3403
Application for all absence from school during term time
If you wish to apply for your child to be absent from school, please complete the form overleaf and return it to school at least six weeks before the intended departure, (unless there are exceptional circumstances). Please be aware that no holidays should be booked prior to requesting permission from school.