At Old Clee Primary Academy we are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our children, and making a positive community where all pupils feel valued, welcomed and included. For our children to achieve their full potential we encourage parents and children to understand that every day counts, and by having excellent attendance and arriving at school on time, this will support their achievement. As a school we strive to achieve a goal of at least 98% attendance.
What Old Clee Primary Academy expects from Parents/Carers:
What Old Clee Primary Academy expects from pupils:
What you can expect from Old Clee Primary Academy:
Encouraging Good Attendance
At Old Clee Primary Academy we understand the impact regular attendance has on your child’s learning and well-being and that having good attendance is directly linked to raising achievement and develops skills for life and work.
We have many initiatives to celebrate and support attendance and we believe that rewarding good attendance and punctuality helps engage and motivate our children.
How we promote and support good attendance and punctuality
We ask all of our children to be an Attendance H.E.R.O (Here Every day Ready On time) and we encourage all children to keep our three attendance promises:
Lateness and Punctuality
The doors at Old Clee Primary Academy open at 8.30 am and close at 9.00 am. Once the doors are closed, pupils must arrive through the main entrance.
We monitor pupils who arrive at school after 8.50am with a view to offering potential intervention. All pupils who arrive after 9.00am will be marked as late, pupils who arrive after 9.20am will receive an unathorised late mark, late marks can lead to poor attendance. Arriving after this time can affect your child’s progress. It also disrupts the classroom when lessons have already begun. Therefore, not only must children attend school regularly, but they must not be late.
It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure children are at school on time, if your child is persistently late you may be invited to a meeting to discuss this, or you may be issued with a penalty notice.
If your child will not be attending school, please inform the school office by 9:00am on the first morning of absence. You can either report the absence through the Teachers2Parents text system or by calling the Academy office on 01472 691887.
If no contact has been made, a member of the Attendance Team or Welfare and Wellbeing Team will contact you for a reason for absence. You may be asked to provide evidence for the absence.
*Please note if your child’s attendance is below 95% you may be contacted by a member of the Attendance Team even if you have informed school about your child’s absence.
An authorised absence is when your child has been given permission to be absent from school. Regular reasons for authorised absence are illness, medical and dental appointments, religious observance, exceptional circumstances and exceptional leave (see below). Authorised absence is at the Head Teacher’s discretion and you may be required to provide school with evidence of the absence.
Routine doctor and dental appointments should be booked at the end of the day and during school holidays where possible. We know that sometimes you cannot choose hospital appointments, so please just make sure you only take your child out of school for the appointment and return them to school when they have finished. Your child may be marked as unauthorised for one of the sessions if your child was expected to return to school. Evidence should be provided for all scheduled appointments.
An unauthorised absence is when no explanation for absence has been given to school, or if the reasons provided doesn’t meet guidelines set out by the Department of Education.
It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure their child attends school regularly, and on time. Regular unauthorised absences can lead to a referral to the Education Welfare Service regarding your child’s poor attendance record. You may be asked to attend an attendance panel meeting. Failure to improve your child’s attendance and engage with the Attendance Lead will result in legal proceedings. If found guilty of failing to secure your child’s regular school attendance you could receive a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record.
Department of Education states that no child is expected to be absent from school on holiday during term-time. We expect that parents will take their child on holiday during the approved school breaks. It should be noted that there are 175 days each year when a child is on holiday from school which is sufficient time for holidays to be taken.
In exceptional circumstances a Head teacher may permit up to 10 days authorised absence. Most authorised requests are based on a child having an excellent attendance record (in most cases 96% or over), but there can be a degree of flexibility dependent on the circumstances of the request.
If your child needs to leave the area or country and will miss school due to exceptional circumstances during term time, you MUST complete a Leave of Absence request form. All exceptional leave requests MUST be requested at least 10 days prior to leave taking place.
Requests that MAY be considered:
You will NOT be given permission for:
If you take your child without permission the following could happen:
You could be referred to the Education Welfare Service, and you may be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) on your return - £60 per parent, £60 per child (e.g. a family of 4, with 2 parents and 2 children would be fined a total of £240). If the fine is not paid in 21 days the fine will increase to £120 per child, £120 per parent (e.g. the family of 4 would now have a fine of £480). Failure to pay the fine can result in legal action.
If your child is granted exceptional leave, your child must return to school on the agreed
return date. If they do not we will have no alternative but to start proceedings, registering your child as ‘a child missing education’.