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St Peter's Infants School Attendance Statement

St. Peter’s Infant School Governing Body believes that regular, full-time and punctual attendance is of paramount importance so that children benefit fully from their school life and learn the importance of being punctual as part of their preparation for adult life. Valuable learning time is lost when children are absent or late. Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. They also believe that parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend and that the school and parents should work together in order to achieve high standards of attendance and punctuality. The Governors would like children to be in school 100% of the time but have set the attendance target at 96% as a minimum standard to achieve for the academic year 2014-2015.

Is 90% attendance good enough?

The school year is made up of 90 days of learning....

Take the example of Maryanne Brown. Her attendance is always around 90% and her mum
thinks this is excellent!

In fact, Maryanne has missed the equivalent of 4 whole weeks of lessons in the school year. If Mary continues to attend for only 90% of her Primary School education, she will have missed a total of 23 weeks, or six months, which is over half a school year!

Here are some facts for you ...

95% attendance means ten days of learning have been missed...

90% = 20 days
85% = 30 days
80% - 40 days
75% = 50 days
70% - 60 days

How much learning is your child missing?

Attendance

The law requires us to keep a record of the number and types of absences and our records are checked regularly by the Attendance Advisory Practitioner (AAP). Therefore, we ask that you keep the School informed of any absence your child may have, by telephone daily and followed up by a letter when your child returns. If we do not receive these, we have to mark your child down as having an unauthorised absence and this could result in a visit from the AAP.

Requests for Leave of Absence

We believe that children need to be in school for all sessions, so that they can make the most progress possible. Holidays or other absences during term time will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. The requests relating to exceptional circumstances are extremely rare. The School will determine what are exceptional circumstances and the number of school days the child can be away from school if leave is granted. Retrospective permission is not granted and therefore will result in the absence being categorised as unauthorised. Therefore we do ask that holidays are not booked during term time. Where holiday has been unauthorised yet is still taken, a referral will be made to the Attendance Advisory Service and a Penalty Notice may be issued.

We discourage parents from removing their children from school for holidays during term time. Parents are asked to support the School with its aims and to reflect on the possible impact that any time out of school may have on their child’s learning when requesting such authorisation. Please also bear in mind that significant periods of absence can impact on a child’s social relationships and affect friendship patterns. 

A copy of our ‘Attendance Policy & Procedures Booklet’ can be obtained from the School Office, which details all policy, procedures, awards and legislation regarding attendance. All new parents are issued with this booklet when their child starts school.

 

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

Our Attendance

95.42%

95.57%

Record of absences for academic year

 

 

% of half day sessions missed through authorised absence

3.85 %

3.79%

% of half day sessions missed through unauthorised absence

0.66 %

0.64%