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Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. We encourage and celebrate good attendance in our weekly Celebration assembly in which the best class is awarded the Attendance Trophy for the week.

Children who frequently miss school often fall behind.  There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results.  Good attendance at school shows potential employers that a young person is reliable.  Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

 

Do You Know Your Child's Attendance Figures?

How does your child compare?

Attendance during one school year

Equals this number of days absent

Which is approximately this many weeks absent

Which means this number of lessons are missed

100%

0 days

0 weeks

0 lessons

95%

10 days

2 weeks

40 lessons

90%

19 days

4 weeks

80 lessons

80%

38 days

8 weeks

160 lessons

70%

57 days

11.5 weeks

230 lessons


All schools in Warrington have their own attendance policies and are responsible for keeping accurate records of pupil attendance.  They will contact parents directly if they have any concerns about a child’s attendance. Warrington Borough Council also offers a range of services to support families who encounter difficulties in ensuring their children attend school regularly and more information can be found here:

Please note that in, accordance with Local Authority guidelines, all holiday absence is treated as unauthorised absence and will be recorded as such. Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional.  Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

School Holiday Dates

The School Governing Body, under the guidance of the Local Authority, decide school holiday dates for our school. These are published for parents/carers at the start of every school year and in the summer term prior to the new school year. They are displayed in the parent notice board, on our school website and a paper copy can also be obtained from the school office.

 

School Session Times

The current times of the school day are:
Nursery am – 8.45am - 11.45am

Nursery pm - 12.30pm - 3.30pm

KS1 & KS2 - 8.55 - 3.15pm

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.

Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues.  If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.

End of year attendance data from 2015 until 2017, shows we are above national attendance figures however, we can still improve!

 

2015

2016

2017

School %

 

96.3

96.3

96.7

National %

 

96

96.1

96


Thank you to all parents who ensure that their child is in school, happy and ready for learning.

Persistent Absence

Attendance figures which fall below 90% are regarded as persistent absence.

Children who are too ill to come to school or may pass infection to others should not attend school for 48 hours from the last time they were sick.

When children are absent from school we ask parents to inform the school office by 9.00am and to provide a note of explanation on the child’s return to school. We contact parents if we don’t hear from you. 

Miss Leah monitors attendance and punctuality every day, should you have any concerns about your child’s attendance please speak to her, she is available every morning on the school playground from 8.45am or telephone school for an appointment.

Leave of absence will be given for attendance at medical or dental appointments or for examinations in music, dance etc. However, where possible such appointments should be made outside of school.

Why is punctuality so important?

School starts promptly every day with children often coming in earlier then registration to start on morning challenges.

Lessons start at 9.05 with our youngest children taking part in phonics activities and KS2 accessing core skills lessons.

Arriving into school late can disrupt your child and unsettle them, which is then not the positive start to the day we strive for.

Punctuality is linked to good attendance, and as we know, good attenders have more opportunities and therefore achieve more!

Did you realise minutes late soon lead to missing days? 

Minutes late per day

Equivalent of missing in days

5 minutes

3.4 school days a year

10 minutes

6.9 school days a year

15 minutes 

10.3 school days a year

20 minutes

13.8 school days a year

30 minutes 

20.7 school days a year

Please ensure your child arrives to school on time every day.

 

Roles and responsibilities of Governors Headteacher and other school staff

The Governors will ensure that:

  • school holiday dates for each academic year are agreed by the start of the summer term in the previous school year;
  • a full consultation takes place if the main school session times are to be changed;
  • any changes to the start or end of the school day are implemented at the start of a new school year;
  • attendance targets are set each year;
  • weekly levels of lesson time, excluding collective worship, registration and breaks meet recommended levels.

The Headteacher will ensure that:

  • pupils are registered accurately and efficiently;
  • parents/carers are contacted when reasons for absence are unknown or unauthorised;
  • pupil attendance and punctuality are monitored regularly;
  • a reward system for attendance and punctuality is implemented;
  • school attendance statistics are reported to the Educational Welfare Officer and Governing Body;
  • parents/carers are written to when attendance and/or punctuality is poor;
  • where there are cases of persistent poor attendance and/or punctuality rates, these are referred to the Educational Welfare Officer;
  • parent/carers receive an attendance report with the Summer end of year reports.

Teaching staff will ensure that:

  • they register children accurately and efficiently;
  • they inform the headteacher of any children who are persistently late, have low attendance levels or have unexplained absence;
  • they encourage children to attend school regularly and inform the headteacher if they become aware of a problem that may lead to absences.

Parents/carers will be expected to:

  • ensure that their child(ren) attends school regularly;
  • ensure that their child(ren) arrives at school on time and is picked up promptly at the end of the school day;
  • inform school on the first day of non-attendance;
  • avoid taking family holidays during term time;
  • inform the school in advance of any planned absence.

Arrangements for monitoring and evaluation

The Governing Body will receive an annual attendance report from the headteacher including:

  • the rate of attendance for the school, including rates for specific groups of pupils (e.g. SEN);
  • comparison of attendance compared with the agreed target and previous year’s rates;
  • additional background information relevant to the attendance rate in school.

The headteacher and the Governing Body will evaluate the data and decide what, if any, further action is required.

 

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