Lead School Attendance Officer
> Mrs Diane Riley
Deputy Lead School Attendance Officer
> Mrs Melissa Lees
If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.
Did you know that 90% attendance means missing FOUR WHOLE WEEKS in one school year? That amounts to 100 hours of learning missed that cannot be repeated. Also, if a child is taken out of school for a two week holiday they cannot achieve 96% attendance record.
Outlined below is the Local Authority's position and expectations in related to a child's overall level of attendance at school.
|0 Days Missed||Excellent||Child receives a 100% attendance certificate.|
|9 Days of Absence
1 week and 4 days of learning missed
|Satisfactory||92-94% engage with the school to introduce strategies to prevent further absences.|
|90% Attendance||19 Days of Absence
3 weeks and 4 days of learning missed
|Poor||Once a child's attendance is below 90%, they are classed as a Persistent Absentee.|
|85% Attendance||28 Days of Absence
5 weeks and 4 days of learning missed
|Very Poor||At risk of a Penalty Notice.|
|80% Attendance or below||38 Days of Absence
7 weeks and 3 days of learning missed
|Unacceptable||Increased risk of a Penalty Notice.|
At Eccleston Mere our attendance is very good. Our school expects every child to achieve an attendance of 96% or above.
Anyone below 95% will be monitored by school and Education Welfare Service. Pupils whose attendance falls to 90% or below are categorised by the government as Persistent Absentees (PA’s). Pupils who fall into this category will be monitored and discussed. Where appropriate further action may be taken to support an improved attendance this may include:
- School attendance meetings.
- Where attendance becomes a serious issue attendance meetings with Education Welfare Service will be organised.
Parents are legally responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly and punctually. Parents are responsible for informing the school at once of the reason for any absence (by letter, phone call or personal visit). School operates a “First Response System”. If school does not know of any reason for a child’s absence by 10:00am an Attendance Officer will contact parents. In certain circumstances further investigations would take place.
Authorised Absence - Only the school can authorise an absence.
Unauthorised Absence - Absences are those which the school and the governors do not consider reasonable. This includes;
- Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily e.g. because they had a late night or for non infectious illness or injury that would not affect their ability to learn;
- absences which have never been properly explained;
- children who arrive at school after register close;
- shopping trips;
- looking after other children or children accompanying siblings or parents to medical appointments;
- their own or family birthdays;
- holidays in term time.
Morning Registers will be taken each day at 9.00 am. Afternoon Registers will be taken at 1.00 pm (Infants) 1:30pm (Juniors).
Registers will be saved at 9.05am by teachers. A child’s presence at registration will be required for a mark of attendance. After 9.05am the school gates are locked and children must enter through the main front office. All children after 9.05am must be signed in by parents or office staff.
Children who arrive after 9.05am are recorded as late (L). The office staff will adjust the registers accordingly. The registers are closed at 9.30am. Children arriving after this time are recorded as late after registers close (U). This mark counts as an unauthorised absence.
Leave of Absence
The law states that the Headteacher can only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. Parents must apply for leave of absence and must supply evidence of any exceptional circumstances for the Headteacher to consider. Family holidays during school time will be unauthorised.
Appointments in school time
Parents are encouraged to make all but essential or unavoidable appointments outside school hours. Parents must show appointment cards if a child is being taken out during school time. Please see acceptable forms of medical evidence below.