We expect all children to have good attendance, classed as 97% or above.
Good attendance is not simply a legal requirement. It is essential if pupils are to take full advantage of the range of opportunities that school offers and gain the skills that will equip them for their next stage of education and for adult life.
All children are entitled to receive the full benefits of education; poor attendance is therefore a safeguarding issue.
We recognise punctuality as an important related issue as frequent lateness will cause children to miss aspects of their education, is upsetting for the child, and is disruptive to others.
If your child is absent, please telephone the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence and let us know.
The school telephone number is 020 8669 3978. If you do not call the school to confirm why your child is not at school, you will firstly receive a text message and then if we do not get a response, a phone call from the school office. We will then work through your child’s contact list in an attempt to get a response and a reason for their absence.
Once a child is registered at a school, the Parent/Carer is legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly.
It is a Government requirement that schools publish a record of attendance. Parents who do not inform us of reasons for their child’s absence, or whose children are continually late, will be contacted by the school to request information and will be asked to provide medical evidence when their child is not attending due to medical reasons.
Good school attendance means your child attends school over 97% of the time. Any child attending less than 90% is known as a persistent absentee, and the school has a duty to contact parents, hold meetings, and inform the Trust Attendance Officer of these children. We may also carry out unannounced home visits.
The school will not agree to a child going on holiday in term time. Legislative guidelines issued by the Department for Education in November 2006 state that ‘Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances,”. All requests for leave due to exceptional circumstances (which must be supported by documentation) should be made to the Head of School, via letter or email. Leave should not be booked in advance of authorisation.
Any term time leave without approval is likely to be issued with a penalty notice. The fine is £60 if paid within 21 days of issue of the Penalty Notice, increasing to £120 if paid after this date, but within 28 days of issue. A penalty notice is issued to each parent in respect of each child not attending school.
Routine medical or dental appointments should be made outside school hours or in the holidays. If appointments during school are unavoidable, the school should be notified in advance and the absence should only be for the duration of the appointment and your child should attend for the rest of the day. An appointment card or letter to support your child’s absence will be required.
It is also important that children arrive at school on time every day and ready to learn. We run a breakfast club which may help many families. Registration is at 8:55am and children who arrive after this time will receive a late mark. Children who are not in school by 9:20am will receive an authorised mark for that session. Please inform the class teacher (via the school office) in advance if your child will be arriving later because of a medical appointment. The Trust Attendance Officer will be informed if children are persistently late or continually absent without good reason.
In cases where we suspect illness we will contact parents/carers by telephone and children will be cared for until you arrive. Please ensure that we have up to date telephone contact numbers in case your child becomes ill in school and also in case of emergency.
If your child either vomits or has diarrhoea they must not return to school until 48 hours after the last incident. If your child has a contagious illness, please follow medical advice as given regarding time off school. The school follows the Health Protection Agency guidance when responding to a child who is ill or infectious.
Further information can be found on the Trust Website where there are links to the following policies:
Attendance Incentives and Rewards
At Wallington Primary Academy we recognise good attendance.
Each half term certificates are given to individual children who have achieved 100% attendance in that period and their name is put in a draw. This prize draw takes place at the end of the academic year in July. The prizes this year (2017/18) are a bike and a scooter.
Certificates are awarded to individual children who have achieved 100% attendance over the whole year.