The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John RC Primary believes that by working together we can enable our children to access the education to which they are entitled by law. Regular and prompt attendance will allow this and at our school we want to provide full-time, quality education suitable to every child’s age and ability and any special needs they may have.
To achieve this The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John RC Primary will work alongside our parents and carers, the community and the Education Welfare Service.
Maintaining a High Profile for Attendance and Punctuality
In our school, the aim is for children to achieve at least 96% attendance for the academic year - this is in line with the national target as set by the Department for Education. To encourage high levels of attendance we will adopt the following strategies:
Keep accurate records
Maintain clear procedures for recording lateness
Ensure unauthorised absences are dealt with promptly
Raise awareness of attendance issues at parents’ evenings, new intake days/meetings and letters to parents/carers.
Following the local authority guidance on holidays and absence in term time.
Rewarding good attendance – celebrating class achievements, certificates, rewards.
To continue to promote attendance with the support of the Education Welfare Officer.
Applying the Attendance and Punctuality Policy consistently and to review annually.
Attendance – Pupils Eligible for Free School Meals and Other Focus Groups
Attendance of pupils eligible for free school meals, along with other groups of learners will be monitored closely. In the academic year 2016/2017, the percentage of pupils absent for more than 10% of sessions was above the national averages for free school meal pupils, those with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) or Statement of Special Educations Needs (SEN) and those receiving additional SEN support. The school aims to narrow the attendance gap between these groups and other pupils in school.
Roles and Responsibilities
To ensure the strategies of the school attendance policy are adhered to by all staff.
To understand the importance of regular school attendance and punctuality.
To ensure that their children achieve an attendance figure over 96%
To ensure that their children arrive at school promptly - class doors open at 8.45am
To keep school up to date with contact numbers and home addresses
To contact school before 9.30am to report their child's absence
To ensure that non-emergency medical appointments, i.e. dental check-ups, are made outside school hours
To avoid absence in term-time
To ensure leave of absence in term-time requests are completed on the correct form for consideration by the Head Teacher
Salford Local Education Authority
The Local Authority will provide consultation and support for schools where attendance for a pupil looks likely to fall below 96% for the academic year. This may include:
Attendance meetings with the school Attendance Lead, the Head Teacher and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO)
Advice on penalty notices
Fast track to prosecution
To work with school on devising and implementing new initiatives to promote attendance and punctuality
Procedures - who does what and when?
Attendance is entered onto the school recording system on a daily basis. It is the responsibility of the class teacher to take the register accurately each morning and afternoon session.
The school attendance lead, and EWO will monitor the school attendance regularly in meetings, and at a minimum every half term. Liaising with Head Teacher any concerns regards attendance will be addressed following the attendance and punctuality procedures.
Where attendance for an individual/group of children becomes a concern, weekly monitoring will take place.
The school Attendance Lead, Head Teacher and EWO will monitor lateness every half term and address concerns with parents.
Where punctuality for an individual/group of children becomes a concern, weekly monitoring will take place.
Any child arriving after 9.30am will receive a "U" code - this is an unauthorised absence session (a session is a half-day).
A holistic approach to tackling attendance issues will be consistently applied by school and the Education Welfare Service.
Communicating the attendance and punctuality policy to parents/carers will be undertaken through regular newsletters and it will be displayed on the school website.
When attendance falls below 90% parents will be contacted. If there are exceptional circumstances then these factors will be taken into consideration.
Attendance and Punctuality
In order that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential, regular attendance is a
necessity. The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John RC Primary values good
attendance. The Head Teacher will decide if absence is authorised/unauthorised in
accordance with our policy.
Attendance is regularly monitored and reviewed at least every half term. Names and reasons for absence/lates are recorded for those pupils whose attendance falls under 90%. Pupils are discussed with the Education Welfare Officer and if justified, the parent/carer will be informed by letter if there is an attendance concern. If attendance/punctuality does not improve then parents/carers will be asked to attend an attendance panel meeting with the school Attendance Lead, the Head Teacher and EWO. This information is shared with staff.
For religious observance, there will be a maximum of 1 day allowed for each religious festival and 2 days in total in any school year unless there are extenuating circumstances.
From 1st September 2013 amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that the Head Teacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Penalty Notices will be issued to parents/carers taking their children out of school in term time (10 sessions/5 days). Payment within 21 days of receipt of notice is £60 and £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. The fine will apply to each parent for each child who fails to attend regularly.
Medical evidence may be requested for illness if school attendance is a concern.
Incentives and rewards - these include weekly raffle tickets for full attendance in a week, certificates and other rewards given in assemblies.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John will evaluation the effectiveness of its strategies by:
Half-term monitoring of attendance through the SIMS recording system.
Regular consultation with the Education Welfare Officer
Referrals to the Education Welfare Service
Planning and evaluating initiatives
Annual analysis of patterns over a 3 year cycle
Feedback to the school Governing Body via the Curriculum sub-committee every term - this will be 3 times per year.