Guidance from the Sheffield City Council:
There is a clear link between good attendance in school and achievement in class. Good attendance at school is essential so children can achieve their full potential.
The 1996 Education Act states that:
- Parents and guardians must make sure their children (aged 5-16 years) receive a suitable full-time education by regularly attending school.
- School needs to report to the local authority if children fail to attend regularly or are absent for more than 10 days without explanation.
In addition to this:
- Headteachers cannot grant any time off during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Parent/Carers should not book term time holidays prior to getting approval from the school.
- If parents/carers take their children on holiday for 5 or more consecutive days during term time and this is not authorised by the school, they can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 each parent/carer (if paid in 21 days) or £120 per parent/carer (if paid between 21 and 28 days). If the fines remain unpaid the parent/carer may be taken to court.
- Parent/Carers are legally required to request time off from the Headteacher at least 20 days in advance of any arrangement being made.
- Parents/Carers who regularly take their child out of school in term time may be prosecuted under the higher charge of an ‘aggravated offence’. Aggravated offences are considered by the courts as being more serious offences and carry higher sentences/fines that are also recorded on the Police National Computer
The school’s Home School Agreement stresses the need for children to attend school
regularly and on time. Children have to attend school for 190 days per year, this leaves
175 days free for families to take holidays.
- Morning registration is 8.55am (9.00am for Foundation 1)
- Afternoon registration is at 1.00pm
- A child will receive a late mark after the register has been taken
- The register is closed at 9.30am. Pupils coming to school after that time will receive a late/absent mark
Lateness can damage your child’s education almost as much as absence, but you should not keep their child off school to avoid being late!
- If your child is late, you should sign them in on the computer system at reception.
- Late children should then go to their class on their own or with a member of staff, not their parent.
Continuous lateness is an offence, which may be prosecuted in court.
- On the first day of absence parents should inform the school by telephone or text stating the reason for absence and when the child is expected to return to school.
- The Pupil Clerk will telephone, text or send a letter to parents if no explanation of absence has been received.
- If a child is absent due to illness for 5 or more consecutive days, medical evidence must be provided by the parent/carer.
- Absence from school for an appointment should be requested beforehand.
- An authorised absence pass should be obtained from the Pupil Clerk for appointments.
- The Pupil Clerk should be shown proof of an appointment before an authorisation pass is given.
Authorised and Unauthorised Absence
Authorised absence may include:
- Hospital/Medical appointments that cannot be made out of school hours.
- Days of religious observance.
- Authorised exceptional term time leave.
- Family circumstances (e.g. Death of a family member).
Unauthorised absence includes staying away from school:
- Because you got up late
- To mind the house
- To look after brothers or sisters
- To go shopping
- To celebrate a birthday
- Day trips
- Holidays/Term time Leave.
Failure by parents/carers to ensure their child/children regularly attend school is an offence punishable by law.
Rewards for good attendance
In order to encourage good attendance the school will:
- Award certificates, trophies and extra play each week to the best attended class.
- Award termly certificates and wristbands to all children whose attendance is equal to or above the schools attendance target.
- Award best attended classes each term:
v 1st place Gold Medal for class, certificates, stickers and extra 15mins play.
v 2nd place Silver Medal for class, certificates and extra 10mins play.
v 3rd place Bronze Medal for class, certificates and extra 5mins play.
- Award individual certificates, medals and a visit to a theme park for all children whose attendance is 100% for the year.
- Certificates and wristbands at the end of the year for all children whose attendance is equal to or above the schools attendance target.
- Certificates and a morning/afternoon visit ten-pin bowling for the best attended class over the year.
- Publicise in the weekly newsletter each classes attendance percentage and number of pupils late.
- Ensure reminders of school holiday dates are publicised in the newsletters and website.
- Attendance figures are recorded on children’s annual report to parents.
- Offer free breakfasts to classes at crucial times of the school year e.g. SATS week.