Attendance and Absence
Rates of authorised and unauthorised absence: School Year 2020-2021
The total number of registered pupils: 186
Overall whole school attendance percentage for academic year: 96.93% (National 96.1%)
Percentage of sessions (half days) missed through authorised absence: 2.43% (National 3.9%)
Persistent Absentees 7.5% (National 8.4%)
At The Weald Church of England Primary School, we expect all children to have good attendance, this means attending school, on time, at least 95% of the year. We regularly reward our 'Attendance HEROs' who are: Here, Everyday, Ready and On time.
To ensure continuing high levels if attendance, the school has a range of attendance initiatives which include a weekly class attendance cup and individual awards.
Mrs Sarah Stevenson, Head of School, has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of school attendance.
Doors open at 8:45am and the school day begins at 8:55am. Any child arriving after 8:55am must enter through the school office and will be marked as late. Any child arriving after the register closes at 9.05am will have an unauthorised absence mark.
Why is attendance important?
School ensures that children have the best start in life and that they are equipped for succeeding both academically and socially so that they can achieve in their exams and manage relationships. Children who miss school are more likely to become victims or perpetrators of crime. The more school children miss the harder it is to catch up. Statistics show that 90% of persistent absentees (those with attendance below 90%) fail to achieve 5 or more good GCSE grades or equivalent. Poor examination results limit young people's options. Good school outcomes are the passport into higher education and better jobs.
Please see our attendance policy below, which provides further information.
What can parents do to ensure children have good attendance?
Create good routines for mornings at home so that your child can arrive punctually and ensure they are properly equipped with the right uniform, PE kit, school bag, books etc.
- Read all school communications
- Attend parents' evenings
- Encourage and show interest; discuss their day with them.
- Check your child understands their homework and that it has been completed.
- Contact us if your child is worried about something, causing reluctance to come to school
- Set realistic boundaries and sanctions
- Know the name of your child's class teacher
- Let the school know the reason(s) for any absence and a likely return date, on the first day of the absence and update the school daily.
- Make medical/dental appointments out of school time, whenever possible.
- Do not take holidays during term time.
Additional guidance can be found here.
It is vital that parents/carers notify the school of any planned child’s absence, in order for it to be considered for authorisation by the school. A Leave of Absence Request Form (see below) must be completed and returned to the school prior to the start date. Your child should not have any sessions of unauthorised absence.
All absences and late arrivals to school are regularly monitored by the school and the Education Welfare Officer from the Local Authority.
If your child is unwell, please telephone the school on each day of their absence to inform us, including the reason. Only the school can determine whether or not to authorise this absence.
If your child has a doctor, dentist or hospital appointment, please inform the school in writing before the appointment day and provide a copy of the appointment letter/card etc.
Persistent or regular absence will require evidence of a medical appointment or prescription.
Wherever possible, dental appointments should be made outside of school hours.
First Day Call and Blue slips
It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to inform the school by 9.00am if a child will be absent for any reason. This communication can be via email, phone call or in person at the school office.
Parents of children who are not accounted for in our registers or for whom no communication has been received to explain absence, will be contacted to determine the child’s whereabouts during the morning of the first absence.
The school office take on the day-to-day responsibility for the management of attendance registers and first day calling of pupils absent from school.
Once your child returns to school, they will be given a blue slip which you will need to fill out and return to the school office.
Holidays in Term Time
From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances are only determined by the Head of School, including the number of school days your child can be away from school if leave is granted. You must allow enough time for the Head of School to consider your request before leave is taken. It is possible that the Head of School may refuse permission and that parents may receive a penalty notice. Parents do not have a right of appeal to the Head of School's decision.
For further information on what happens if your child does not attend school, please click here.