Pupils’ attendance is improving and is above the national average. Leaders have focused on improving attendance through closer links with parents. As a result, parents feel that their contribution towards improving the school’s attendance is being recognised.
Our school monitors all children’s attendance and punctuality closely. Regular reviews are held between the Attendance Lead and the Senior Leadership Team to look at attendance across the school and to ensure families are aware of where attendance is impacting on their child’s education.
Attendance and Time Keeping Agreement
Research shows that good attendance is vital to children’s success at school and therefore their future lives. Please read the following information and retain for reference.
- Any absence must be reported to the school office by 8.30am. This can be via text, phone call or email.
- School doors open at 8.30am and close at 8.50am for registration.
- All children are expected to be in school by 8.50am to start their learning. Any child entering school after 8.50am must come through the school office and will be marked as late. Parents will be asked to give a reason for the lateness.
- Parents of any child who shows patterns of lateness or absence will receive a letter inviting them into school to discuss this with the Attendance Officer.
- Parents of any child whose attendance has dropped below 92% will receive a letter from school.
- School has a right to request “proof of illness” for any child who shows patterns of ongoing absence and will refuse to authorise an absence if this is not provided once requested.
- School will involve external agencies such as the Family Support Service or Attendance Legal Panel where it is clear that children are not receiving their statutory entitlement to education due to ongoing absence or lateness.
- Under the Hampshire code of Conduct Head teachers are only allowed to authorise a request for leave of absence in exceptional circumstances, i.e. unexpected, rare, unavoidable and short.
- A planned holiday in term time cannot be classed as unexpected and therefore does not meet these criteria. Unavoidable means cannot be arranged at another time, i.e. within school holidays.
- Any child having 5 or more days of unauthorised leave over a 50 school day period will be liable to receive a penalty notice.
- The school day ends at 3pm. Teachers will wait by the doors with the children until 3.20pm.
- If you need to make last minute arrangements for someone else to pick up your child please always let the School Office know as soon as possible to ensure your child is released safely from school.