Attendance

Meet Gwladys our School Attendance mascot.

 

She will always be on hand to remind you

ATTENDANCE AT GWLADYS STREET C. P. & N SCHOOL

 STATEMENT OF EXPECTATION

September 2020

From September 3rd2020, it is vitalthat all children return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, well-being and wider development.

Missing more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Therefore, school attendance will be mandatoryagain from the beginning of the Autumn Term. This means, that all children should attend school unless they are too ill to do so or are self-isolating with COVID 19 symptoms.

It is also essential that children are punctualfor start times to their respective classrooms, as this supports the Health and Safety procedures in school and minimises riskfor all other children, parents/carers and staff.

Parents/Carers should note that school will be monitoring individual children’s attendance from September 3rd2020 and we will resume following the school’s attendance and punctuality policy. We will begin to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with the Local Authority codes of conduct, for any pupils whose attendance falls below the expected level of 97%.

Please remember that it is a parents /carers’ legal dutyto ensure that their child attends school daily.  It is crucial that parents/carers work in partnership with school to promote excellent attendance, which in turn leads to excellent progress and outcomes.

 

‘Every Second of Every Day Counts!’

Gwladys Street CP and Nursery School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) must receive a suitable full-time education.

Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

Their learning

Their friendships

Their self-esteem and confidence.

Gwladys Street monitors the attendance of every child and we work in partnership with our schools Educational Welfare Officer, Lorraine Foulkes. Together they work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.

Please note that if it is absolutely necessary for a child to be out of school for a hospital or dentist appointment, in order for this to be authorised parents need to provide evidence in the form of an appointment card or hospital letter.

Please also be aware that a penalty notice can be issued to parents where it is noticed through our ongoing monitoring that there is an emerging pattern of unauthorised absence.

As you know school are not permitted to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any term time leave of absence requests need to be submitted using our school ‘request for leave of absence’ letter with the exceptional circumstances explained. The request will then be considered and a decision made as to whether the request is granted and the leave authorised. If the absence is not authorised, parents will receive a note informing them of this.

At Gwladys Street, we place great importance on the regular attendance of children in school as this will support them to make as much progress as they can in their learning. Plus, as we tell the children, we like to see their happy smiley faces as much as possible!

Our overall attendance at Gwladys Street last year was 95%. There is still room for a huge improvement and we have had a slight improvement in our overall attendance compared to the last academic year.

Of course, we do understand there are times when children are unable to come to school. In this case, please telephone the School Office (preferably before 9.20 am) to advise the reason for their absence.

Please can we remind you that we are unable to authorise absence during term time, unless your child is  ill or special consideration.

90% attendance sounds good, but this means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school careerThe table below shows the impact of lost learning hours in one school year.
Descriptor Attendance Lost hours of Learning
Excellent 100%-99% 0-10
Good 98%-96% 20-37.5
Requires Improvement 95%-91% 47.5-85
Persistent Absentee 90%-86% 95-135
Critical 85%-80% 142.5-190

Let’s see if we can increase our percentages further by the end of the school year!

Many thanks for your help support.

What if my child is feeling poorly, should I take them to school?

To help with the decision about whether your child needs to be absent, please do consider the following:

  • Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
  • Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If not, send them into school.

Has your child been sick or experienced diarrhoea? If so then please keep them at home until at least 48 hours after the last episode.

It is really important that you notify us on the first day your child becomes unwell/unfit for school with the reason.

Please do return your child to school when they feel better, even if it’s the end of the week. Learning still takes place on a Friday!

Do also consider bringing your child into school if they feel better during the day, so they are not missing a whole day.

If your child has a medical appointment it can be helpful if you can provide us with any medical notes /appointment cards from the GP.