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Holidays and Punctuality

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

A big well done! Last year the whole school attendance was 95.4%.  Congratulations go to the 158 pupils who achieved above 95%. Our aim is to surpass this, in 2017/18 and by working together we are sure we can achieve our new targets.  

 

Every child should aim to achieve an overall attendance of 97%+ each academic year.  Studies have shown that poor attendance is linked to poor attainment.  At St Anne’s we want all our children to Enjoy and Achieve.

It is a parents’ legal responsibility to ensure the regular full-time attendance of their children.

 

PUNCTUALITY

School starts at 8.50am and the register taken at 9am.  Children arriving after this time will have to sign in at reception and will receive a late mark.  Children arriving after 9.30am will receive an unauthorised mark for the morning session.  If you are 5 minutes late every day that adds up to over 3 days lost each year.  15 minutes late is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.

 

ABSENCES

All absences must be reported by 9.30am on the first day of absence.  If we receive no contact from yourself we will endeavour to contact you via the school texting system or telephone you direct.  If we are unable to make contact with you by telephone, a letter informing you of the absence will be sent out and a reply slip included for you to complete and return to school.  Consequently, all absences without reason will be marked as unauthorised on your child’s attendance record.  School and the School Health Advisor are able to offer advice and/or leaflets on exclusions due to illness e.g:

  1. Chicken pox (child can return once the spots are healed over)
  2. Diarrhoea and Vomiting (24 hours after last episode)
  3. Coughs and colds (no absence required)
  4. Head lice (no exclusion, treatment should be completed without absence

 

Furthermore, if your child is absent for two or more days there may be occasions when school requires parents to provide proof of illness; this can be in the form of a doctor’s letter, copy of prescription and or medication, which clearly show the dates corresponding with the absence.  Certain circumstances may result in a home visit, by our Attendance Officer who will, where possible contact you prior to this to agree a convenient time.

 

Pupils are required to attend school for 190 days each year

 

Schools absences and attendance figures:

 

‘PUPIL’

Final Attendance for the year

Equal to days absent

Equal to weeks absent

95%

9 days

2 weeks

90%

19 days

4 weeks

85%

29 days

6 weeks

80%

38 days

8 weeks

75%

48 days

10 weeks

70%

57 days

11.5 weeks

65%

67 days

13.5 weeks

 

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 AUTHORISED ABSENCES

Please be aware that absences for ‘snow’ days do affect your child’s attendance, whilst these may be authorised this does reduce your child’s overall attendance.

 

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

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 (after 9.30am)
  2. Unauthorised absences were no reasons have been provided by the parent/carer
  3. Holidays during term time where a child’s attendance is already a concern

Parents must from the 1st September 2013, pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days, this is per parent, per child’.

 

 

CHILDREN MISSING EDUCATION

At St Anne’s RC Primary we believe all students, 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

 

Yours sincerely

 

A. Ostmeier

 

Mrs A Ostmeier