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Glenthorne Community Primary School

Attendance

Attendance

We pride ourselves in having high expectations of the children and endeavour for them to thrive and achieve. All our pupils are entitled to the same experiences and opportunities that school brings, therefore not attending school will result in loss of learning and vital parts of their curriculum.

Punctuality 

Pupils can enter the school grounds from 8.30am, with school doors opening at 8:45am and the school day starting promptly at 9:00am.  Registers close at 9:05am and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances will be recorded as a late mark. All children arriving from 9.15am onwards will be given an unauthorised absence mark for the morning session. Pupils arriving at school late (after register closes) must enter through the main office to sign in.

If we are not informed of an absence, the school safeguarding protocols will be followed, a text will be sent which will be followed by a phone call if we have no response.

What is expected of Parents?

As a parent, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school. If they cannot attend for any reason, you should notify the school office and the absence may be authorised if appropriate.

It is the parent’s responsibility:

  • To keep requests for their child to be absent to a minimum
  • To notify the school office on each day of your child's absence, by 9am. 
  • To offer a reason, and medical proof, for any period of absence, preferably before the absence or on the first day of absence 
  • To ensure that their child arrives at school on time, a reason should be offered for any lateness 
  • To work closely with the school and Education Welfare Officers (EWO) to resolve any problems that may impede a child’s attendance
  • To take family holidays during school holiday periods and be aware that requests for holidays during term time will be refused and will likely incur a fine from the Local Authority 
  • To be aware of curriculum requirements and be especially vigilant with regards to attendance during important academic times, such as; SATS 
  • To support their child and recognise their successes and achievements

Absence

 

School attendance regulations changed on 1st September 2013 under Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 which amends the existing 2006 regulations.

Under current government legislation, the school is unable to allow absence in term for the purpose of a holiday under any circumstances. The regulations do allow the school to continue to authorise absence in “exceptional circumstances”. Please find below a list of examples of allowable absences and those which will now be classed as unauthorised absences.

Allowed absence

  • Sickness/illness
  • Emergency and planned medical appointments (Parents are requested to make to make routine appointments outside school hours)
  • Hospital scheduled appointments /treatment
  • Day/s for specific religious observance

Allowed absence in exceptional circumstances (at the discretion of the Headteacher and in advance of the event)

  • Family bereavement or close friend bereavement
  • Other compassionate grounds
  • Immediate family wedding/civil partnership taking part on school day.
  • Family crisis
  • Examinations off site
  • Educational Opportunity – Sport & Performance
  • Visit to a new school
  • Family re-location visit

Absences not allowed under any circumstances

  • Family holiday
  • Family trips
  • Leaving school early to travel to a social event

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All requests for absence due to exceptional circumstances must be made by emailing the school office. The Headteacher will then review each request and decide if it meets the criteria for authorisation. 

Please be aware that any holiday in term time will be treated as unauthorised and may result in a fine issued by the Local Authority. We hope that parents will understand that schools are bound by the government legislation and make every effort to comply with the attendance regulations.

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