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Attendance

2018 - 2019

Senior Leader with responsibilities for attendance: Miss Taunton

 

 

 

Attendance Officer: Mrs Frank

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 and golden stickers for children with 100% attendance. We also hand out certificates each half term to praise and acknowledge children who achieve above 100% attendance and hold a termly ‘In it to win it’ prize to celebrate attendance.  

 

Ellen Gee, a Meadlands pupil  met 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.

 

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.

 

Punctuality

 

Morning Nursery starts at 8.30am and afternoon at 12.30pm

For Key Stage 1 and 2 the school gates open at 8:45 and lessons begin at 8:55am prompt.

 

It is essential that children arrive at school on time to begin their lessons; children who arrive late often miss valuable lesson time, which will affect the 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.

At Meadlands we monitor punctuality and our response to regular lateness will prompt the following stages:

 

Stage 1 Three lates or more over a six-week period will prompt the action of an initial letter from the school requesting parents’ co-operation for improvement.

 

Stage 2 If there is no improvement, parents will be invited in to discuss the issues causing the lateness and be offered support to improve punctuality. This support will come from a senior member of staff.

 

Stage 3 If lateness is still causing an issue, a third letter will be sent to parents stating that due to lack of improvement, the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will need to be involved. The EWO will either make a home visit, write to the family or request a meeting with the family. The monitoring of lateness will then be the shared responsibility of the EWO, the school and the parent.

 

Absence

Achieving for Children have an attendance target of 96%, however at Meadlands we wish for outstanding attendance and have set our goals at 96.5%.

 

The school will closely monitor the attendance of individual children and take into consideration the reasons for absence. 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. We discourage families from making medical or dental appointments during the school day and we will not authorise any family holidays taken during term time.

 

Please note Regular absence will prompt the following stages:

 

Stage 1 Where a child’s attendance falls below our target or is a cause for concern, class teachers will work alongside parents to offer support. In addition to this if a child has three separate unauthorised days of schools in a six week period, a letter will be sent out identifying the number of sessions missed, explaining their legal responsibility and invite parents for a meeting with the school and EWO to discuss further support.

 

Stage 2 At this point the child’s attendance will be reviewed weekly; if there are no improvements, parents will be invited to attend a further meeting with EWO and the school to discuss an improvement.

 

Stage 3 If there is still no improvement, the school will formally refer to the Education Welfare Service (EWO). Continued tighter monitoring will then be undertaken by the EWO and a legal process begins. Potential fine could be £2,500 and a custodial sentence.

 

Further information:

 

Authorised Absence. The following are the occasions when an absence will be authorised:

  • When a child is ill

  • Medical or dental appointments which cannot be made during the holidays or after school

  • Family bereavements

  • Days of religious observance

  • Offsite educational activities which occur on an occasional basis, i.e. school trips, sporting events, music examinations or public performances in which children are participating.

  • Attendance at other educational establishments

 

Unauthorised Absence The following are occasions when an absence will not be authorised:

  • No reason is given
  • No written letter received explaining the absence
  • When there is reason to doubt the explanation
  • Shopping trips during school hours
  • Birthdays
  • Early removal from school – unless agreed by the HT/DHT

 

Holidays During Term Time

Leave of absence during term time will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. The school cannot condone holidays taken during term time and would request that wherever possible parents arrange holiday absences that do not result in children missing learning opportunities. Permission for absences in term time may only be granted for exceptional circumstances and approved educational experiences at the Headteacher / Deputy Headteacher’s discretion. If the holiday absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken any way, the Education Welfare Service may look into the specifics of the case. Achieving for Children Educational Welfare Service monitors attendance regularly of all schools and their children.

Referral to the Education Welfare Officer

  • Unexplained absences may be referred
  • All pupils who fail to attend regularly
  • Any absence where the school experiences difficulty in determining whether or not the absence is authorised or unauthorised
  • Repeated lateness will be referred.
  • Repeated early removal from school.

 

 

For even further information please refer to our Attendance policy.

 

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

 

Attendance 2017 - 2018

Year Group

Attendance

Reception

96.0%

1

95.6%

2

96.6%

3

97.3%

4

96.6%

5

96.9%

6

96.4%

 

Attendance 2016 - 2017

Year Group

Attendance

Reception

95.6%

1

95.3%

2

96.8%

3

97.2%

4

96.4%

5

96.9%

6

96.2%

 

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%

 

 

 

 

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