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Attendance, Absence & Holidays


If your child is ill, it is essential that you inform school as soon as possible by telephone as we have a statutory obligation to monitor attendance of all our pupils. Any child who is absent and school has not been notified, their parent / carer will be contacted by text message and requested to contact school. If no contact is made, a follow-up call will be made. If we have not seen the child for 3 consecutive days, the PPP Leader will make a home visit and will insist that they see the child. These measures are to ensure the safeguarding of all our children. It is also a requirement that school informs parents the number of unauthorised absences – without a telephone message or note explaining a child’s absence, any absence will be unauthorised. The Parent, Pupil & Pastoral Leader works with families to improve attendance when attendance becomes a concern. School’s attendance target is a minimum of 95%. If your child’s level of attendance falls below this level it becomes a cause for concern and you will be contacted. You will be sent a weekly text to inform you of your child’s level of attendance – the aim is always for 100% but definitely at 95% or above.
Whilst we appreciate birthdays are special, they are not an excuse for children to be absent from school. Every academy day counts to support your child to become the best that they can be. Expect to provide evidence for any absence.

Taking children out of the academy
We realise that from time to time it is necessary to take children out of the academy during academy hours to attend hospital appointments etc, but it is important that you let the Admin team know in advance, especially if the appointment goes over lunchtime. We require evidence of the appointment - letter, appointment card.

Holidays during term-time
From September 2013, the Government removed the option for parents to request a ‘leave of absence’ for up to 10 days in an academic year. Parents and Guardians are now required to make an application in writing to the Principal to withdraw their child from school during term time.
The application must be made in advance and in writing to the Principal outlining the exceptional circumstances for your child to be absent.
It is the decision of the Principal how many days your child can be away from the Academy if leave is granted.
Parents can be fined for taking a child on holiday during term time without the permission of the Academy. Please see the following link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence

Miss Barry, the Parent, Pupil and Pastoral leader and Acting Assistant Vice- Principal, will support families if they wish to make an application.
Well-meaning family members can sometimes provide ‘surprise’ breaks away during term time. It is important that family members are informed that the absence from the academy will be recorded and may result in the Attendance Policy being applied, which can lead to court appearances and fines being imposed.
Authorisation for absence will only be given if attendance is above 95% and exceptional circumstances are evidenced.
No parent can demand leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday as a right.

Punctuality
It is essential that your child arrive at the academy on time. The morning bell rings for children to enter school at 8.50am, however all KS1 and KS2 pupils will be able to enter the hall via the veranda steps in the KS2 playground to participate in ‘Wake up & Boogie’ activities from 8.40am. A prompt, punctual start to the day sets a positive tone for learning for the rest of the day. Being just 5 minutes late each day adds up to 16 hours of lost learning time over the year!

Rewards
  • The children compete on an individual and class basis for attendance and punctuality awards. At the end of each week, classes who have beaten the whole school attendance target of 95% receive a certificate. The class with the best attendance for the whole term will receive a prize. If the school beats the 95% target the whole school is rewarded with a longer playtime on a Friday. 
  •  At the end of each half-term, pupils whose attendance is 98% or above have their names added to a draw for a Family treat.  Prizes have included Leisure passes and restaurant vouchers. 
  • Pupils who have made significant improvements in their attendance will be highlighted, awarded a certificate and their efforts celebrated
95% & 100% attendance
  • At the end of the academic year, all pupils' with 100% attendance have their names added to a draw with the chance to win a family holiday. 
  • In 2013, we sent the winning family for a week in a caravan on a leisure park
  • In 2014 we sent our winner, Rosy and her family on a coach trip where they visited Legoland and the sights of London!
  • In 2015, Lily-Jo and her family visited Legoland and Chesington experience. 
  • The winner will be drawn from all the pupils with 100% attendance in the last assembly of the year in July. 
  • Each year the Academy Forum is consulted on a special treat for those pupils above 95% attendance and for those with 100% attendance. Arrangements are made for activities and experiences that reflect the requests for all pupils whose attendance is above our expected minimum 95%.  Pupils with 100% attendance are all treated to a lunch in a local restaurant and transported there and back in luxurious Limo style!  Two staff with 100% attendance also have their names drawn 'from the hat' and join the children for lunch. 
Punctuality Panda is awarded to the class on a weekly basis who has the best record of being in school on time.

Attendance awards - Autumn 1st half-term 2014

posted 24 Oct 2014, 02:09 by Helen Steele   [ updated 24 Oct 2014, 02:45 ]

Our overall attendance level for the term was: 95.10% 
FANTASTIC!!! We beat our target!!

All the children with 98% or above attendance were put into the draw for a family swimming voucher.
Congratulations to: Abby S who won!!
Additional 'spot' prizes were awarded to: Jack C, Casey R, Harvey P, Samuel W, Ryan W

Remember every school day counts - miss a day,  miss out on learning!

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