At Glade Hill Primary & Nursery School, pupil attendance is a key priority. The majority of our pupils attend school regularly and are always punctual. In order for children to maximise their learning opportunity it is vital that they attend school every day. The 'traffic light' letter below shows how different levels of attendance can affect a child's learning.
The school uses a rewards system for attendance and every child that has achieved 100% attendance in the Autumn Term will receive an award. Any child that goes on to achieve 100% attendance in the Spring Term will then receive a further award and at the end of the year there will be awards for all children who have 100% attendance for the year. Awards are also given out in the Spring and Summer Terms where appropriate.
We also reward whole classes if they achieve 100% attendance during a week. These rewards include a trip to the park, ice-creams from McDonalds or a class party.
We employ an Attendance Improvement Officer, Mr Meredith, whose role it is to assist parents and children to:
- attend school
- be on time for school
- enjoy their schooling experience and benefit from excellent educational opportunities
Mr Meredith will be asked to contact or visit parents where there are concerns regarding school attendance or punctuality. This is seen as a supportive measure and he may be able to suggest ways in which the school can assist in improving attendance or punctuality.
Weekly Attendance Figures
Week Ending 8 September 2017
Points to Remember
- The school day begins at 8.45 am. A member of staff is on the playground from 8.30 am onwards and children can be left safely at this time.
- Holidays are not authorised except in exceptional circumstances. Applications for leave of absence should be made, in writing, to the Head Teacher with details of any exceptional circumstances. Decisions will be made on an individual basis and communicated to parents/carers in writing.
- If a parent takes a child out of school where an application for leave has been refused or no application has been made then the school will request a penalty notice to be issued by the Local Authority. These penalty notices are issued per child to each parent.
- If your child is not well enough to attend school then please contact the school before 9.00 am on the first day of absence.
- Medical and dental appointments should be arranged out of school hours wherever possible. If your child has an appointment during the school day then an appointment card/letter will need to be shown to the office staff.
- Although children do not reach statutory school age until they turn 5 we see regular school and nursery attendance as a vital start to a child's education. Once your child has been offered a place in our nursery and they do not regularly attend then you may put their nursery place at risk as we have a large number of children on the waiting list.
We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any queries, or would like to talk to anyone about your child's attendance, do not hesitate to contact us at school. Further information can also be found in the policy below.