Attendance & Punctuality
It is the responsibility of all parents to make sure that their child attends school regularly and on time. Our target is for all children to have attendance above 98%.
The minimum attendance target set by the government for all children across England is 96%. Children with attendance below 90% are classed as persistent absentees.
Poor attendance can result in a referral being made to Lancashire County Council’s Pupil Attendance Support Team (PAST), which could ultimately result in legal action being taken (including penalty notices). This provision was added to our policy by the governors in July 2019.
Punctuality is also very important. We open the doors at 8.20am. The school day starts at 8.30am, so children should be here a few minutes before that so that they can hang up their coat and be in the classroom on time. The school gates are closed at 8.30am. If your child arrives after 8:30am, then they need to go to the school office and they will be recorded as late. If they arrive after 9.00 am then this is classed as a ‘U’ attendance – late after the register has closed and this is recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Children being even a few minutes late each day has a negative impact on their learning and their ability to settle well at the start of the school day. As with attendance, we will work with and support families who are having difficulties with punctuality. Being on time means a positive start to the day for your child.
Our Attendance and Punctuality Policy can be downloaded from the 'Policies' section of the website.
Parents should plan family holidays to fall during school holidays. Parents must complete an ‘Application for Absence from School: Holiday / Extended Leave’ in advance of any planned absence – copies available from the school office. The school’s ‘Attendance & Punctuality Policy' states, 'No holidays in term time will be approved' and are therefore classed as unauthorised absences.
If your child is ill and cannot come to school, we would appreciate it if you would telephone to let us know. We check registers every day and if we have not heard from you, we will call to make sure everything is alright.
If your child becomes ill during the school day and we feel they should be at home, we will telephone you and ask you to collect them from school. If your child has a bump to the head, which our qualified first aiders deem not to be serious, we will contact you. It is important that parents keep emergency contact numbers up to date in case of an incident.
Children who need to take medication daily to manage permanent conditions will be supervised. If your child has asthma, then they must have an inhaler in school. Parents will be asked to sign a form giving school staff permission to administer medicines to your child.