ATTENDANCES

Together we can achieve our 97% attendance target!

 

Good attendance is crucial for children to achieve their greatest of potential and to forge strong relationships with their peers and adults in school; equipping them with life long skills way beyond schooling.

Help us to help your child reach their maximum potential, a potential unhindered by unnecessary breaks in their school life.

Working Together, Achieving Together!

 

Working in partnership with our parents and carers we can achieve our 97% overall attendance target and make every day count...because missing school is missing out!

Being late for school reduces your child's learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning and friendship opportunities each year.

If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss two weeks of learning and friendship opportunities each year.

The entire staff community at Sunny Bank Primary recognise the significance of 

good attendance and punctuality to give the children the best chances in life. 

       

In order to achieve high levels of attendance and punctuality we will continue to:  

  • Offer a safe, trusting and supportive environment, which welcomes children regardless of race, gender or ability where they can flourish as individuals

  • Foster a climate where the school community, teachers, parents and carers, trustees and children value attendance and punctuality

  • Ensure any child presenting poor levels of attendance and punctuality are monitored, supported and appropriate action taken when necessary

  • Have systems in place offering rewards and incentives for good attendance and punctuality

  • Keep parents and carers informed about their child’s attendance through established procedures

  • Work in partnerships with parents and carers, the Education Welfare Service, Social Services and other outside agencies

 

Parents and carers can help us to achieve high expectations of 100% attendance by ensuring:

  • Children attend regularly and on time

  • Children are prepared adequately for the school day

  • School is informed of any concerns which could impact on their child’s learning 

  • Medical appointments are arranged outside of school hours when possible 

  

Authorised Absence

         

Absence may be authorised for the following reasons:

  • Sickness

  • Religious Observance in accordance with Local Authority guidelines

  • Medical or Dental appointments which cannot be arranged outside of school hours. Where possible parents and carers should try to arrange these appointments outside of school hours

  • Extenuationg circumstances (authorised by the Headteacher)

  • From the 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. 

 

Unauthorised Absences

         

Absences may be recorded as unauthorised for the following reasons:

  • Late after registration is closed (unless the parent provides a legitimate reason or evidence for the absence)

  • Any absence which the school has not been informed about, either by letter or telephone

  • Any family holiday that has not been authorised by the Headteacher.

 

Our Approach to Promoting Good Attendance and Punctuality

  • Best class weekly attendance for all key stages acknowledged on the school website and Facebook

  • Friday celebration assembly – recognising children displaying Sunny Bank Values and good attendance, non school uniform day for the best class will be awarded for the following Friday

  • Attendance display in the foyer tracking and celebrating attendance of year groups and staff

  • At the end of every term assembly, every child achieving 100% receives a certificate. 

  • Attendance displays are clearly visible throughout the school promoting the importance of schooling

  • Annual draws from the attendance tree take place for children who have achieved 100% and four bikes are awarded

  • Availability of the Well Being Team, Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to support families struggling with attendance concerns

Working Together, Achieving Together!

To be the best we can be

©  Sunny Bank Primary School  2020