Our whole school attendance is now standing at 95.4% - our target is 96% - Well done to all parents and children. Please note we are suspending reporting on individual class attendance during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Whole School Attendance - Week Ending:
Best class attendance:
Congratulations to all children in the above classes
We have decided to continue with our 'Traffic Light' system of communication with you as parents at the end of each short term. This works as follows:
GREEN = Good! Keep it up!
All pupils with 96% attendance or higher will be rewarded with a green certificate to bring home. Those at 98% plus will receive extra recognition, and those at 100% will receive an attendance award “credit' card to swap for a reward. Consistently high attendance across the school year will be celebrated and rewarded at the end of the Summer term. The children will have a say as to what this treat might look like!
AMBER = Worrying
Attendance between 91% and 95.9% would raise concerns for pupils' progress and parents will be alerted with an 'amber' letter, which may help to identify patterns of absence which we could address.
RED = Serious Concern
For attendance which falls below 91%, parents will receive a letter informing them that their child's attendance will be monitored for a period of 1 Term.
Once attendance has increased to an acceptable level the monitoring period will cease.
Continued poor attendance will be followed up by a referral to the Multi Agency Team.
Clearly a week of illness or holiday in any short term will bring the attendance percentage down; the purpose of the letters will be to alert you to the impact of absence on you child's progress. Equally, good attendance should be celebrated, and our green certificates will be one way of thanking you for your support for regular, punctual attendance.
In addition, each week in assembly, we will award a trophy to the class with the highest attendance over the week, and a 2nd one for the class whose attendance shows the greatest improvement.
Holidays in Term Time
With regards to Term Time Leave of Absence following recent news (May 2016):
We have now received temporary guidance from Derbyshire County Council.
- In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration)(England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made - at least 10 school days before the holiday is planned.
- You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. This will be issued from the Local Education Authority Education Welfare Service.
Penalty notices are currently £60.00 per child per parent if paid within 30 days or £120.00 per child per parent if paid after 30 days.