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Attendance and Absences
Bredgar CEP School strives for its pupils’ attendance rate to be above the national standard of 96% and actively promotes 100% attendance.
A Guide for Parents and Carers
When does my child need to be in School?
Your child should be at school between 8.45 and 9.00am. The register is taken at 9.00am. Afternoon school starts at 1.15pm.
What happens if my child is late?
The gates around school are locked at 9.00am. Pupils who arrive after this time should report to the school office with their parents/carers where the reason for lateness is recorded.
A series of unauthorised late marks may lead to referral to the EWO (Educational Welfare Officer)
Does the School need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?
We expect parents/carers to telephone the school on the first day of absence. On the child’s return to school, a letter explaining the reason for their absence is required and this will be kept in your child’s file.
We will telephone you if your child has not arrived in school and you have not contacted the school by 9.30am. If we cannot contact you, a home visit may be made. If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence.
If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.
An accumulation of unauthorised absences will lead to a referral to the EWO and can lead to Penalty Notices being issued.
What reasons will the school accept for absences?
Illness where the child needs to rest to recover and/or is contagious
Emergency dental/medical appointments, please make routine appointments after school or during school holidays
Day of religious observance
Absence for exceptional circumstances
Except in the case of illness, you should ask permission for your child to miss school in advance, giving full details. In cases of recurring absences through illness you may be asked to produce a medical certificate.
What is unacceptable?
The school will not authorise absences other than those in exceptional circumstances. Family holidays, day trips, shopping trips, illness of a sibling or birthdays are not classed as exceptional. A letter or telephone message from a parent/carer does not in itself authorise an absence.
Can we take family holidays during term-time?
Family holidays should be taken during school holidays. Only in exceptional circumstances will permission be given. You need to request permission for your child to accompany you on a family holiday during term time. A letter for the attention of the Head Teacher should be sent prior to booking a holiday. The Head Teacher has the right to refuse permission and their decision is final. If absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken anyway, a referral to the Attendance Service may be made, and they may issue a Penalty Notice. Repeated unauthorised holiday absences will be referred to the Attendance Service.
What can I do to encourage my child to attend School?
Make sure your child gets enough sleep and gets up in plenty of time each morning. Ensure that he/she leaves home in the correct clothes and properly equipped. Show your child, by your interest, that you value his/her education.
My child is trying to avoid coming to School. What should I do?
Contact your child’s class teacher immediately and openly discuss your worries. Your child could be avoiding school for a number of reasons – difficulties with school work, friendship problems, family difficulties for example. It is important that we identify the reason for your child’s reluctance to attend school and work together to tackle this problem.
What does the School do to encourage children to attend regularly and punctually?
Each week on the School newsletter, the class with the highest attendance rate is mentioned and congratulated. At the end of each term, children with 98% or above for the academic year are awarded an attendance badge. At the end of the academic year, children with 100% attendance are taken on a special treat. Last year, they went bowling and enjoyed a drink of their choice.
Please read the policy for further details: Potential Trust Attendance Policy – Bredgar – 2019