ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
- All absences must be reported to the absence line before 9AM (leaving your child’s name, class and reason for absence)
- Absences must be reported by the adult who has parental responsibility for the child.
- All medical appointments must have evidence so appropriate mark can be made. Any medical appointments with no evidence will be classed as unauthorised.
IF ABSENCE IS NOT REPORTED
- Any children who are unaccounted for on the register will have phone calls home to confirm reason for the absence.
- If no contact is made with parents/carers phone calls will be made to emergency contacts to find out a child’s whereabouts.
- If no contact is made and we are still unsure of a child’s whereabouts a home visit will be conducted by the family support/attendance team.
WHY IS PUNCTUALITY SO IMPORTANT?
It’s a GREAT START to the day, putting your child in a positive frame of mind to make the most of the day’s learning and activities.
Punctuality is linked to good attendance, and as we know, good attenders have more opportunities, more support and therefore achieve more!
It sets your child up for their future – whether it is college, work or university, they could lose their place or lose their job if they think it’s ok to be late!
TYPES OF LATENESS
1. Late before register closes your child is a few minutes late – but they have missed the opportunity to say hello to and play with friends. They are likely to feel unsettled and embarrassed as they start morning lessons.
2. Late after register closes this counts as an unauthorised absence and will show on your child’s attendance record. Not only has your child missed the chance to meet with their friends before school, they are likely to have missed the start of lessons and could feel unsettled, embarrassed and much less confident than their classmates as the lesson moves on.
TOP TIPS FOR IMPROVING PUNCTUALITY
Get to know your child’s school timetable – work together to make sure they have everything ready the night before e.g. books, PE or swimming kit, uniform!
Get your child into the habit of doing their homework in the evening – instead of in the morning at the breakfast table.
Make sure your child has a good bedtime routine so they get plenty of rest and don’t struggle out of bed in the morning – not a bad idea for parents either!
Invest in a good, reliable alarm clock – make setting it part of your child’s bedtime routine.
Try to ensure your child has a good breakfast to set them up for the day – we have a breakfast club you could use if you need to be at work early. (Starts 8.00 am last entry 8.30 am)
Have a backup plan for getting your child to school in case something crops up – friends or family, perhaps neighbours who are taking their children to school anyway.
Allow lots of time for your journey.
If you are finding it difficult to get your child to school on time, talk to the family support team and ask for help! 0161 711 1023
- If a child is late at least 2 or more times a week a letter will be generated to address this.
- If there is no improvement over the next two weeks after receiving letter one, a second letter will be generated offering support/concern.
- If no improvement over a two week period following the second letter a third letter will be sent to invite parents/carers in to discuss the matter further and see what strategies/support can be put in place.
- Continuous late arrival/collection after these prompts will result in One Education/Attendance team being notified.