Attendance

Health & Welfare

As parents, carers, teachers, support staff or governors, we take our role in ensuring the wellbeing of every child in our care very seriously. Staff are trained in first aid and we have a school nurse who visits regularly.

The best place for a sick child is at home in bed. Children who have had an accident or are taken ill at school are seen by members of staff who are qualified first-aiders. If it is thought that a child needs further medical help or is unfit to be in school, parents are notified immediately. If necessary the school will call an ambulance or take a child to the medical practitioners if the incident involves something like a very bad cut. Parents will then be asked to collect from the medical practice.

Any medication which has to be administered during school hours must be clearly labelled and taken to the school office, where they will be given by a member of staff at lunchtime. There is a form to fill in to ensure that the correct information is available to all staff.

It is vital that parents fill in and return to us the ‘contact’ form, which provides us with an up-to-date home address and telephone number and also details of where they can be contacted when at work. You should also nominate someone else as a contact if there are times when you are unavailable.

Attendance and punctuality

You must ensure that your child arrives at school at the correct time. Children who are persistently late or who have poor attendance records do not achieve as well as other children.

All children start the day’s activities as soon as they enter the classroom in an early work session to ensure that not a moment of the day is wasted. Just five minutes lateness every day means two hours missed learning time a month.

If your child is late you must go to the office yourself to sign the late book and inform the school administrative officer that your child has arrived, so that our registers are correct and your child can be booked in for lunch.

If your child is absent from school for any reason it is essential that you provide us with an adequate explanation by phone, followed by a written note. Otherwise the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’. We are required to publish details of absences, including unauthorised and this reflects on the school with Ofsted, so we do follow the rules and follow up to ensure as close to full attendance as possible.

Absences for reasons other than illness are not normally permitted except in very special circumstances which must be authorised by the Headteacher. In line with national policy, holidays or extended leave during term time are not permitted, other than in exceptional circumstances and could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued.

Valid reasons for having time off school

  • Serious sickness (more than a sniffle or a cold)
  • Close family funeral
  • Hospital treatment
  • Emergency dental treatment 

Unacceptable reasons for not coming to school

  • Going to the dentist (please plan well ahead and make appointments during holiday times or after school)
  • Hairdressers
  • Shopping
  • Birthday
  • Got up late
  • Didn’t have a clean uniform
  • Brother, sister or parent unwell
  • Late night

Supervision of children after school

Staff are unable to accept responsibility for children in school or in the school groups after 3.30pm unless they are attending out-of-hours activities or special arrangements have been made.

At Thurton Primary School, we feel that regular school attendance is considered to be of great importance. If a child is not present at school they cannot learnt what we have prepared for them or reach their full potential.

We therefore aim to have the maximum attendance rates possible for our pupils. There will, of course, be just and valid reasons why pupils cannot attend school on occasions, but we have systems in place to monitor and investigate absences across the school. The percentage of attendance is reported to parents in the termly school report, so parents can track over time.

It is important to school that attendance is over 96% and any child with attendance below this rate will be tracked over time, to ensure that attendance improves. Every day a child misses from school is learning time missed.

Term Time Holiday

Amendments to the 2006 Regulations in Education (Pupil Registration) (England)

Changes came force on 1 September 2013 relating to the amendments to the 2006 Regulations in Education (Pupil Registration) (England) in the following areas:

The amendments make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances, at Thurton, we follow this guidance. If families still decide to go on holiday, the attendance will be recorded as unauthorised on the child’s permanent record and reported to education welfare.

  • The Education (Penalty Notices, England Regulations 2007)

Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

The 2007 regulations set out the procedures for issuing Penalty Notices to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of exclusion.

Amendments to 2007 Regulations reduce the timescales for paying a Penalty Notice. Parents must, from 1 September 2013, pay £60 per adult per child within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. Failure to pay results in the case being presented to the Magistrates’ Court, not for failure to pay but for the reason the Penalty Notice was issued. This brings attendance Penalty Notices into line with other types of Penalty Notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.

Please see the attached leaflet, ‘Attendance Matters’ for Thurton and all the schools in the Loddon Cluster.