The school staff and governors of Beatrix Potter School, alongside the LEA, believe that it is essential for all pupils to attend school regularly and avoid any absence. Any loss of time at school can adversely affect a child’s attainment and all pupils benefit from regular school attendance. This simple chart clearly shows what our expectation are:
|175 NON SCHOOL DAYS A YEAR
175 DAYS TO SPEND ON FAMILY TIME, VISITS, HOLIDAYS, SHOPPING, HOUSEHOLD JOBS AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS
|no absence||190 SCHOOL DAYS IN EACH YEAR 190 days for your child’s education||
|10 days absence||180 DAYS OF SCHOOL||
|20 days absence||170 DAYS OF SCHOOL||
|29 days absence
Half a term missed
|161 DAYS OF SCHOOL||
|38 days absence||152 DAYS OF SCHOOL||
|47 days absence over two months missed!||143 DAYS OF SCHOOL||
What we expect our families to do:
- Ensure regular school attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities;
- Ensure that the child/children in their care arrive at school each day punctually and properly prepared for the school day;
- Contact the school whenever the child/children is/are unable to attend school, on the first day of his/her/their absence, and send a note on his/her/their return to school;
- Contact the school promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep the child away from school.
Our school staff will:
- Keep regular and accurate records of attendance for all pupils
- Contact parents as soon as possible on the first day of absence where no message has been received to explain the absence;
- Follow up all unexplained absences to obtain notes giving a reason for the absence and the likely date of return;
- Emphasise the importance of good attendance and take positive steps to encourage it;
- Provide a welcoming atmosphere for children;
- Provide a safe learning environment;
- Provide a sympathetic response to any pupil’s concerns;
- Refer irregular or concerning patterns of attendance to the Education Welfare Service;
The school holiday dates are published a year in advance and we strongly advise parents/carers to book their family holidays during the school holidays.
It is made clear to Headteachers that may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Do go to our page on requesting leave from school for further information and a required form should you wish to ask for an absence.
Our School encourages regular attendance in the following ways:
- By celebrating good and improved attendance
- By providing a caring and welcoming learning environment;
- By responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the school or other pupils;
- By marking registers accurately and punctually .
- By publishing and displaying attendance statistics;
- By monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary and referring the family to the Education Welfare Service if the irregular attendance continues.
Recent changes now consider any attendance that falls below 90% as persistant absence. This will attract the attention of welfare officers and Ofsted. Heads will now contact parents as this attendance figure looms in their families attendance. In practical terms absence at 10% is:
- For half a term: 7 sessions, a session being a morning or an afternoon
- For a term: 14 sessions
- For a school year 38 sessions, effectively 19 days.