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Absence/Punctuality Procedures

School Attendance

 

     

Attendance and the Law

By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must get a suitable full time education. As a parent, you have a legal responsibility and are required by Law under the Education Act 1996 for making sure this happens and if you fail to ensure a child of compulsory school age, who is registered at a school, attends regularly, legal action may be taken by the Local Authority, including penalty notices and prosecution in court. Parents/carers can be fined up to £2,500 or face imprisonment for failing to ensure their child attends school regularly. Here at Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School we work in partnership with you to ensure this does not happen. Effective partnership between school and home are essential to ensuring good attendance and punctuality.

 

Attendance & Punctuality Information

Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School are committed to enabling all our children to achieve and sustain outstanding attendance and punctuality.  We recognise that attending school regularly has a positive impact on learning, progress and therefore the best life chances for children. We expect all our pupils to maintain a minimum attendance level of 97%

School keeps a register of attendance for every child. This is a legal document and record and classifies every half day attendance and/or absence. Absences are classed as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. For this reason, the school will ask parents/carers for the reason for each absence. There is a designated Attendance Manager who will monitor each child’s attendance and punctuality to ensure they attend regularly in school.

 

Authorised Absences – Under the provisions of the Education Act 1993 only the school and not the parents can authorise the absence.

 

A pupil may be deemed to have an AUTHORISED absence when he/she does not attend school. For example:-

  • He/she is ill – medical evidence may be requested
  • Religious observance
  • He/she is receiving treatment at a medical, dentist or similar appointment – Medical evidence will be requested
  • Leave which has been authorised by the head teacher due to exceptional circumstances

 

Unauthorised Absences – Unauthorised Absences are absences that do not fit the description of the authorised absences given above whether or not explained and all absences not explained.  They would include:-

  • Illness without medical evidence (if this has been requested)
  • Absences not explained properly
  • Medical appointments without evidence
  • Parent being unwell and unable to bring their child to school
  • Children who arrive at school late after the register has closed
  • Holidays in term time, including days that exceed the amount of leave agreed by the head – Penalty notices/Warning letters will be issued
  • Extended trips : birthdays, shopping trips etc

 

Parent are notified by text to inform them when their child 1st falls below school’s target of 97%.  This attendance is then monitored on a 4wkly cycle until their child rises above 97%. 4wkly texts/letters will be issued to parents during their child’s monitoring periods.  School uses several different monitoring systems, e.g texts home, Parent meetings, Attendance Agreements and PAST referrals

 

Punctuality

A child is deemed late if he/she is not present at the time the registers close.  School starts at 8.55am. Being late has an impact on both behaviour and learning which also affects other learners in their class.

Punctuality is an essential life skill.  

 

 

 

School will advise parents when their child falls below our target of 97% and/or their punctuality starts to be an issue – this will be monitored every 4 weeks.  Improvement and deterioration texts will be sent.

Parents are notified by text/letter when their child’s punctuality becomes an issue. School will then monitor on a 4 weekly cycle.

 

School Attendance Target

100% = Excellent attendance

98% = Very good attendance

96% = Good attendance

 

Absence procedure

Parents MUST ring to inform school on the 1st day of absence and provide a valid reason. Any absence lasting more than 1 day, parents will need to update school regularly. If school do not receive notification of why a child is absent, a text and/or phone call will be made to ascertain why your child is absent. School reserve the right to conduct a home visit if and when required/needed from the 1st day of absence onwards.

 

Absences during Term time

 

Appointments – Medical/dental appointments need to be made outside school hours where possible.  Evidence of each appointment will be requested.

 

Holidays/absence leave - Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the ‘Education Regulations 2013’ and these came into force on 1st September 2013. The amendments remove any reference to family holiday leave as well as the threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

 

Parents MUST discuss requests for leave with the Headteacher/Attendance staff BEFORE taking time off school and only then a form will need to be completed. Penalty notices/Warning letters will be issued to parents who take their children out of school during term time and also if they fail to send their child to school regularly.

  • For forms and further information about absences in term time please click on "Absence Leave Information" Star below

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to Covid 19 we are operating staggered starting and finishing times. Please ensure you know which times your child is due in and when they finish.  Parents are not permitted on the school grounds at drop off times however, there is a one way system at pick up times where parents will be directed by staff. Siblings will be admitted together at the time of the older child – this MUST ONLY be done if you have more than one child in school.

 

Year 6 - 8.50am – 2.30pm

Year 5 – 9.00am – 3.00pm

Year 4 – 9.10am – 3.10pm

Year 3 – 9.20am – 3.20pm

 

Click here for full info on September 2020 School reopening

 

 

 

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