|Spring Term 2016
Reception to Year 6 – Overall
Reception to Year 6 – Year on Year comparison
|The world is run by those who turn up.|
|•||Attending school every day = 100% attendance.|
Attending 4 ½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year
Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year or 2 full years missed over the course of their school career.
Attending 3 ½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.
The Broadway Partnership of Schools
Hillary Primary School, Caldmore Primary School, Delves Infant and Nursery School, Delves Junior School,Palfrey Infant and Nursery School, Palfrey Junior School, Whitehall Infant and Nursery School, Whitehall Junior School
Attendance and Punctuality
You will agree that good attendance at school is vital if children are to reach their full potential. Hillary Primary School is part the Broadway Partnership and a shared concern for the Partnership is that of attendance and punctuality. Statistics for our schools do not compare well with local and national averages meaning some of our children are at a disadvantage in terms of their likely academic achievements and life chances.
In consultation with Walsall Council and Walsall Children’s Services, Serco we have therefore worked together to develop a shared attendance policy across the Partnership. Some of the key points are outlined below:
We know you will appreciate that children who are late start their day at a disadvantage as lessons have already started and important information given. Other children’s learning may also be disrupted by those children who arrive late. We expect all children to be on our playgrounds in time for the bell at 0850.
We understand that occasionally due to circumstances perhaps beyond anyone’s control a child may arrive at school after the morning bell, however, for children who are frequently late a letter will be issued indicating the dates when the child has been late and expecting an immediate improvement in punctuality. If such an improvement does not occur then the Educational Welfare Officer will be informed.
If your child is unable to attend school you must contact the school office on the first day of absence and provide a reason for your child’s absence. You may also be asked to put this in writing in the form of a brief note that your child can give to his/her teacher on their return to school.
We monitor attendance, and issue attendance data with our reports. Parents whose child’s attendance causes concern will be contacted to discuss the matter. This contact may be made by the school but it may be made by the Education Welfare Officer.
Children whose attendance is very poor will be the subject of regular monitoring by the Education Welfare Officer in conjunction with the school.
Children with attendance of 85% and below are Persistent Absentees and will be subject to rigorous monitoring and investigation by the Attendance Officer. We will not routinely authorise absence for these children.
Leave in Term Time:
No leave in term time will be authorised.
Please understand that any requests for leave during term time are most likely to be refused authorisation.
As the Broadway Partnership we are trying to improve attendance and punctuality for the benefit of all children in our schools. Our attendance policy took effect from Monday 12th November 2012.
We hope you will support our efforts – every minute of every lesson counts – and make sure your child is in school. Like you, we want the best for our children.
Miss. L. Cherry
Unauthorised absence includes time absent from school for:
- Car breakdown.
- Getting up late.
- Hospital visits/medical appointments NOT relating to the child.
- Looking after another family member.
- Looking after the house.
- Unapproved sporting events.
- Unwillingness to come to school.
- Waiting in for trades people.
- Wet weather.
Only the head teacher can authorise absence.
The Governing Bodies of our schools have unanimously agreed their support for our joint Attendance and Punctuality Policy
Attendance and Punctuality at Hillary Primary School
What we do…
- Note telephone calls regarding absence on the absence sheet.
- Amend registers on a regular basis if absence is authorised.
- Send letters to parents when no note has been received to explain an absence.
- Send absence letters and/or ask the Attendance Officer to make contact with parents of children whose attendance is causing concern.
- Include attendance information with our reports to parents.
- Involve the Attendance Officer if there are a number of days of un-notified absence or significant attendance issues.
- Send a letter to parents of children who are routinely late, requesting an improvement in punctuality.
- Send a second letter to parents of children who continue to be routinely late and inform the Attendance Officer.
We are always happy to help...
Don’t let attendance or punctuality become a problem. Make contact with us and together we can find ways to improve attendance and punctuality.
The Government have now set attendance targets for pupils at school. The target for all primary schools is:
‘for all pupils to achieve a minimum of 95% attendance’
Every minute of every lesson counts.
Being on the school playgrounds in time for the bell which rings at 0850.
Good attendance and punctuality are skills for life – something employers look for in employees.
We reward good attendance in the following way:
- At the end of each half term mention and celebrate the names of children with 100% attendance during year group assembly.
- Give individual certificates for children with 100% attendance over the year.