Claverdon Primary School

Attendance

Objectives

Claverdon School seeks to ensure that all pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their full potential

The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure

All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.

The school will establish an effective system of incentives and rewards which acknowledges the efforts of pupils and their families to improve their attendance and timekeeping and will challenge the behaviour of those families who give low priority to attendance and punctuality

To meet these objectives the school will establish an effective and efficient system of communication with pupils, parents and appropriate agencies to provide information, advice and support

General principles

Good attendance means that children usually make good, consistent progress in their school work. We rely on our partnership with parents to ensure that this is achieved.

Parents must contact the school if their child is absent by phoning the school office on the first day of absence. If we are uncertain about the whereabouts of a child we MUST, by law, contact the police

The school must be informed of any planned absence in advance.  Any request for essential absence should be made to the school in writing. If a child needs to be taken out of school during the day for an appointment, parents must complete a form available from the school office.

Our children are praised for good attendance. A class achieving 100% attendance for a week is recognised in Merit Assembly.  Children achieving 100% for the school year are awarded a certificate. Attendance is also noted on reports which are passed on to High Schools.

 Absence

 If a child is ill or absent for any reason parents MUST contact the school by telephone (24hr answer phone) as soon as possible on the first day of the absence. If the school does do not have prior notification of absence we will contact parents by phone and/or text to confirm the child’s whereabouts. If we are unable to contact parents we may contact the Police.

The law requires that all schools must now show the difference between authorised and unauthorised absence.

Authorised absence can be:

  • Sickness
  • Medical or dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside school hours
  • Days of religious observance
  • Holidays with parents – In exceptional circumstances only

Unauthorised absence is:

  • Truancy
  • Staying at home to look after younger children or sick relatives
  • Going shopping or having hair cut
  • Any absence which the school has not been informed about, either by letter or telephone
  • Any family holiday of more than two weeks 

Lateness

Being late into school can be distressing for the child and disrupts the normal morning registration process for the whole class

Our school day starts at 8.55am. Registers are taken by the teacher directly onto SIMS at 9.00. Pupils who are not present for registration will be marked as Late (before registration closes). If they arrive post 9.30 this will be changed to Late (after registration closes) which is an Unauthorised Absence and an explanation will be required.

Children arriving at school after 8.55 am must be brought into school by the main entrance door and signed-in in the visitor book by their parent.

 We contact parents to raise a concern when 5 incidents of lateness of either type occurs. A letter will be sent to parents and a follow up meeting held is necessary to discuss ways to improve timekeeping

Monitoring Attendance

Registers are taken by teachers directly onto SIMS at the beginning of morning and afternoon school. Office staff record absences using  absence codes as defined in SIMS to correctly record the type of absence.

We aim to encourage 100% attendance in school and have a target of at least 95%. We contact parents to raise a concern when cumulative attendance for the school year falls below 90%. A letter will be sent to parents and a follow up meeting held is necessary to discuss ways to improve attendance.

If necessary the Head Teacher will refer an individual issue with the Local Authority Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement (ACE) service