The Education Welfare Service will be reinstating the issue of fines for holidays in term time
Unauthorised leave for 10 sessions (5 school days) or more will qualify for a fine. No warning will be issued from the Local Authority because it is assumed that school will inform all parents that leave in term time will not be authorised unless it is exceptional circumstances.
Attendance at St Mary’s RC Primary School
We believe that children cannot learn if they are absent from school. Therefore, we aim to ensure that all our children take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and to raise standards by promoting regular attendance and punctuality of pupils.
We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils. We believe high attainment depends on good attendance.
We expect all school personnel to support and promote excellent school attendance by acting as role models and to work hard to provide a learning environment in which all pupils are eager to learn, feel valued and enjoy coming to school.
Sometimes a pupil’s absence or lateness may not be their fault and in these circumstances it is our policy to be supportive of the child and not to make them feel guilty or inadequate. Also, at times we have to give allowances for religious beliefs and individual family circumstances.
We believe it is essential to regularly remind parents of the importance of good attendance and its links to pupil attainment. The Education Act 1996 clearly states that the prime responsibility of parents/carers is to ensure that their children attend school regularly.
Why is Regular School Attendance so Important?
St Mary’s Primary 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 16) 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.
This year we plan to monitor the attendance of every child in the school and in partnership with the Education Welfare Office, we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
90 Percent attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:
- one half day each week
- nearly four weeks every school year
- over one school year in a school career
Our school’s target for the 2018 / 2019 school year is 96.8%. Together we can achieve it.
Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson. Can we also remind parents and carers that the school gates are open from 8:30am. The school day finishes at 3:00pm
Attendance meeting Letters
These letters will be issued in November and March each year. If your child has an attendance below 90 % you will be invited into school to meet with our attendance team to discuss your child’s current attendance and how we can make it better.
Praise and celebration
At St Mary’s Primary School we like to encourage and praise children who attend school regularly. Throughout the year our staff and social workers will work closely with families providing support to help overcome barriers in improving attendance. Throughout the year there are many opportunities for children to win many exciting prizes through celebrating good punctuality and attendance.
Look at our new ideas for 2018 to help improve attendance.
- Every child who achieves a 100% attendance per half term will receive entry into our prize draw for a bike or kindle fire or Ipad. The draw will take place on the final Friday of term. So don’t worry if your child has been ill this will reset at the start of every new half term.
- All children who have 100% attenadnce will be awarded with a sticker and at the end of the year a certificate.
- We also will continue to had out 100 % attendance certificates and gift prizes to all our children in the summer term at our awards summer assembly.
- Also each class that has the best % attendance at the end of each half term will recieve a trip out of school.
- Mr B Lavin and Miss A Riley will be attandance coordinators and will monitor patterns
A lottery will be held every Friday in class and children who have been in school on time and not missed a day that week will receive a hot chocolate/ ice cream .