Good attendance is key to your child being able to fulfil their potential and make good progress in school. One of the most important ways a parent can support the education of their child and the child’s social, emotional and academic development is to ensure they attend every day and on time.
At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, we aim to encourage and assist all pupils to achieve excellent levels of attendance and punctuality. Our target for all pupils is to achieve 97% attendance over the course of a school year, with no unauthorised absences. Poor school attendance, and/or regular late arrival, break the continuity of a child’s learning and consequently limits their academic and social progress in school.
Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is a parent/carer’s legal responsibility (Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act), and we want to ensure that we are doing all that we can do to support you.
Expectations of Parents/Carers:
Expectations of School:
them by 9am.
conduct a home visit.
will be invited to meet the School Learning Mentor and Head teacher.
We use a Red, Amber, and Green code to rate attendance:
lost per year
97% - 100%
Meeting our school target
Up to 5 days of lost learning
90% - 96.9
Below our school target
Between 6 and 19 days of lost learning
Less than 90%
Significantly below our school target Serious impact on education and learning
This is classed as ‘Persistent Absence’
20 or more days of lost learning
Punctuality is recognised as an important part of a successful working life. Setting an early good example establishes a routine which your child will be able to follow on their own when they are older. (See school day times)
It is not acceptable for children to arrive late to school as they may miss an important start of a lesson, may disrupt a lesson or they may feel embarrassed. Children will receive a late mark if they arrive after the register has been taken.
By law, all children of compulsory school age must get a suitable, full-time education. As a parent/carer, you are responsible for making sure this happens. Once your child is registered at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, you are responsible for making sure your child has regular and punctual attendance at school.
The Local Authority (LA) is responsible for making sure that parents/carers fulfil their responsibilities, and the school must tell the LA if your child is regularly absent from school. As a parent/carer, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly. You run the risk of being prosecuted by the LA if your child’s attendance is poor.
The law states that you must ask permission for your children to miss school. Leave in term time will only be agreed where the Head teacher feels there are exceptional circumstances. On occasion we may ask for evidence to support the reason provided, particularly from employers if it is a work related request.
If you are requesting a holiday during term time or leave of absence you must complete a leave of absence request form and hand it into the school office, you will then be notified in writing as to whether or not the absence has been authorised.
Parents/Carers who take a child of compulsory school age on holiday without permission may be issued with a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority.
The letters below will be sent home each term so that we can keep you informed of your child's attendance:
If you are having any problems with getting your child to school or with lateness phone Mrs Rankin our Learning Mentor directly on 07973 457 736. She is also available to speak to at the beginning of each day on the Junior playground and school gates.
Please click the link below to download a copy of our Attendance and Punctuality Policy: