The following information is designed to inform you of the responsibilities that Parents, Governors and Head Teachers have, with regard to your child’s attendance at school.
The Government believes that children should attend school regularly because:
The Government regard 95% as the minimum satisfactory attendance for a primary school child but most children should routinely have an attendance rate of 97% or more (this is equivalent of 6 days absence a year).
A child registered at St Bernadette’s can only legally miss school if:
If your child is ill then you must let school know as soon as possible before 9.00 am on the same day. Please keep the school informed if your child is going to be away for more than a day. Telephone Number: 01543 452921
If school does not receive a telephone call, parents will be contacted as soon as the register closes. If we do not receive an explanation for your child’s absence, then it will be recorded on their file as an unauthorised absence.
It is our legal duty to inform the Educational Welfare Officer on the third day of absence without notification who will visit your home.
If a child has a medical appointment, wherever possible, an appointment card must be shown to the School Office so that the absence can be authorised. This will be copied for school records.
A Persistent Absentee is a child who has lost 10% or more attendance over a period of 6 half terms (September to July). The Educational Welfare Officer will monitor their attendance closely and any absences will be recorded as unauthorised unless sufficient proof of illness is seen.
Absence will NOT be authorised for:
If you take a holiday without the school’s permission, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the child’s file. This could eventually result in you having to apply to a different school for your child.
There are only 190 statutory days in one school year.
There are 175 days (weekends and school holidays) available to use for holidays.
If you take your child out of school without the prior approval of the school, you may be liable for penalty fine.
A penalty fine is £60.00 per parent per child
(if paid within 28 days)
(2 children = £120 x 2 parents = £240.00).
This increases to £100 after 28 days or before 42 days. (2 children - £200 x 2 parents = £400.00)
The school is opened at 8.45 am and Registers are taken at 8.55 am.
The gate is locked at 8.55 am and the morning session commences promptly at 9.00 am
If a child arrives in the morning after the gate has closed, they are late and parents should register them into school at the School Office.
Late letters are produced each week and at the beginning of each term and are sent out to parents.
If a child is persistently late and there is no improvement made, then the matter will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
IMPACT OF LATENESS
Lateness impacts on both the child and the class.
BEING 15 MINUTES LATE EACH DAY IS THE SAME AS MISSING 2 WEEKS OF SCHOOL!