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Attendance

We take attendance and punctuality very seriously.

We have many initiatives in school to encourage and highlight good attendance. This includes a weekly competition between classes to win our attendance trophy. We also give out certificates and stickers each half term to praise and acknowledge children who achieve above 100% attendance and also have a termly ‘In it to win it’ prize to celebrate attendance.  

 

Ellen Gee, Year 5 pupil, meet with the Senior Leadership Team to put forward her opinion that pupils with a diagnosed medical condition should not be penalised for missing sessions due to hospital appointments. Ellen was right and because of her frank and fair approach the school have now changed their policy. See her presentation below:
 
At Meadlands we believe that attendance is extremely important and low attendance can affect your child’s education. This is why we have the 100% attendance awards and competition. However we wish to make our policy fairer and have decided that children with diagnosed medical conditions who have to regularly attend hospitals appointments for those conditions will not have these absences count towards their attendance percentage. It is important to encourage your child to attend school at all times and while we know that no one ever chooses to feel unwell we have to draw a line somewhere. For this reason all other sickness absence or medical or dentist appointments will continue to count towards your child’s attendance percentage. Thank you for supporting Meadlands and your child by sending them to school at all possible times. Ellen Gee. November 2016.

 

Richmond and Kingston have a set attendance target of 96%, however at Meadlands we wish for outstanding attendance and have set our own goal of 96.5%.   We work closely with the Education Welfare Service to promote and monitor good attendance and punctuality.

Each term we send home a printout of your child’s attendance with a letter to help you understand how it may be affecting their progress in school. We understand that most absence is due to illness but we have a duty to inform parents of our concern if their child’s attendance and / or punctuality fall below acceptable standards.  The coloured coded sheets we send out may also have comment on regarding lateness if your child has had six or more late marks.  Where there is a local traffic incident or severe weather, registers are left open longer – late marks are issued only on days when such events do not happen.

 

If your child is unwell please let us know as soon as possible so that we can use the correct coding in the register. We are now required by law to publish all unauthorised absences and we cannot authorise them unless we have a note, a phone call or a verbal message from an adult. We discourage families from making medical or dental appointments or booking family holidays during term time. Changes of the Education Regulations 2006 mean the Headteacher may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

 

Lateness

Nursery starts at 8.30am and the rest of the school begin their day at 8.55am. It is essential for the children to arrive at school on time to begin their lessons promptly. Children who arrive late often miss valuable lesson time which will affect progress and learning and also the rest of the school day. Children do not like being late, it is often not their fault and it really can affect their confidence.

The school gates will be locked at 8.52am. All late arrivals  must be recorded and persistent lateness will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). Please report to the school office when arriving late where you will need to sign the school late book. Children will be marked late after 8.55am.

Detailed records must be kept of all the lateness both at the start and at the end of the school day. Therefore it is essential that your child arrives and is collected on time every day.

 

Over the past three years our attendance figures are as follows:

Attendance 2015 - 2016

Year Group

Attendance

Reception

93.4%

1

95.2%

2

97.3%

3

96.9%

4

96.9%

5

96.8%

6

95.2%

 

Attendance 2014 - 2015       

Year Group

Attendance

Reception

89.5%

1

96.3%

2

96.7%

3

97.5%

4

96.7%

5

95.4%

6

95.5%

 

Attendance 2013 – 2014

Year Group

Attendance

Reception

93.7%

1

96.1%

2

97.9%

3

96.7%

4

97.1%

5

96.5%

6

95.6%

 

 

 

 

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