Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality

Our key priority is to ensure your child(ren) are as successful as possible, are able to reach his/her full potential and gains maximum benefits from his/her educational experience.

Attendance and punctuality is monitored closely at Red Hall Primary School

We employ a School Attendance Officer who will make home visits on our behalf should they be required.  Parents/Carers are encouraged to come in and speak to a member of our attendance team regarding any attendance issues.

If your child is going to be absent from school please let us know the reason by telephoning the school on the first day of absence.

Certificates are awarded for 100% attendance each term and a ‘Red Hall Reward’ is arranged for those children in order for their good attendance to be celebrated.

Please inform the school if your child is reluctant to come into school, so problems can be sorted.  The school is supported by a Family Support Worker and an Education Welfare Officer, who will help to resolve attendance issues.

Leave of Absence Requests

New regulations for taking holidays in term time

The Department for Education has made amendments to the regulations which previously allowed Headteachers’ the discretion to grant holidays taken during term time. The new regulations come into force from 1st September 2013 and we have had to revise our school policy based upon the new government legislation which states, in summary, that:

  • The current law does not give parents any entitlement to take their children out of school for a holiday during term time.
  • Any application for leave must only be in ’exceptional’ circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are ‘exceptional’ and warrant the granting of leave.
  • In ‘exceptional’ circumstances, a request for absence must be made in advance, to the Headteacher, who will inform you of the decision prior to booking your holiday.
  • If a request for leave is not authorised by the Headteacher and the pupil goes on holiday, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised, which then stays on the child’s permanent record.

We are required by law to report unauthorised absences to the Local Authority, who may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice, which means a parent may be fined by the Education Welfare Service. The regulations do stipulate that fixed penalty fines will be issued and from 1st September 2013 parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. Due to equalities legislation, fixed penalty notices will now be issued to all parents who have parental responsibility and whom can be traced. This means that both the father and mother of a child will receive separate fines, under the new regulations, and that each parent will incur a fine for each child. Please be aware that the proceeds from the fixed penalty fines DO NOT go to the school.

The Government have not yet provided clear guidance about the definition of ‘exceptional’ circumstances and what is considered to be ‘exceptional’ for one person may not be seen as such by another. Some examples which we are aware of are:

  • The fact that a holiday is cheaper during term time is unlikely to be considered as ‘exceptional’ circumstances
  • ‘Exceptional’ circumstances are more likely to be unique and/or ‘one-off’ situations. eg: due to a parent’s work/employment commitments. NB: Proof may be required from an employer in such circumstances.
  • Where there has been a trauma or bereavement in the family or where the opportunity for such a holiday is highly unlikely to arise in the future.

As a result of this legislation, any decision to grant leave will be made by our attendance panel using the following criteria:

  • The individual circumstances as to why the holiday is being requested in term time.
  • The child’s attendance record and percentage of absences.
  • The age of the child and the time of year proposed for the holiday.
  • The child’s attainment and progress.

N.B. Any requests for leave during September will not be authorised as this is an important time for settling into a new class/school. Similarly, leave of absence will not be authorised for year 6 pupils in the term prior to SATS or the weeks leading up to them.

Further information and guidance can be found on the DFE website

www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance.

 I hope that we can rely upon your support in this matter and I will keep you informed of any future development and provide you with further information as it becomes available.

To request any leave of absence, this must be done by completing the leave of absence form available from the main office, or alternatively you can download and print out the form here. Leave of Absence

 95.2% is the National Attendance Figure
 A child is classed as a persistent absentee when absence falls to a level of 90% or below.

If your child is absent from school please telephone the school office on the first day of absence and send in a note to the class teacher stating the reasons for absence.

The school day starts at 8.55am. However we open our doors at 8.45am to allow the children to get settled for the learning to take place.  As soon as all children are in the building the doors are locked for security reasons and entry can only be made via the main door.  Children who arrive after 8.55am are officially recorded as late in the school register as well as being in the ‘Late Book’.  Children who arrive after 9.30am will be recorded as arriving after the registers close which will be classed as unauthorised absence.

The procedure to monitor regular lateness is the same as that for regular absence which is set out in our attendance policy.  Equally, children should not arrive at school before 8.45am, as the playground is not supervised.

Nursery children are to be dropped off at 08.45am or 12.15pm, depending on their session.

Please don’t miss a session because you are late as it is better to be late than not in at all.

Please see our child friendly attendance policy Child Friendly Attendance Policy