Attendance at school is crucial if pupils are to make the progress which we expect. This obviously requires routines which are as detailed below.
What time should my child arrive at school?
No pupils should be on the premises (other than in Wrap Around Care) unless accompanied by an adult - if this adult is not the parent or guardian of the pupil the school should have been notified of the arrangement in writing as the school staff have no legal responsibility for supervision before 8.50am. Any child left before 08.50am should be registered for and placed in Wrap Around Care.
At 8.50am a bell is rung on the playground and the school doors are opened - all pupils enter the building as they then arrive and there will be an activity for them to work upon.
What happens if we arrive after 9.00am?
Registration finishes at 9.05am. Children arriving up until 9.10am are marked 'Late before closure of the registers' - this does not count as an absence.
What happens if we arrive after the registers have closed?
Once the registers have closed the lessons for the day have begun and a child arriving late will have missed a crucial part of the school day. Arrivals after 9.10am have to be marked as 'Late after the closure of the registers' which counts as an absence. Please note that the reason given when signing them in will determine if this absence is authorised or unauthorised.
What should I do if my child is ill?
Please let us know as soon as possible if they are too ill to attend school - this may necessitate leaving a message on our answering machine! If you let us know by e-mail please E-mail the School Office in addition to any specific member of staff (who may be off site on the day).
What happens about lunches if my child is off school?
Please cancel any lunch that you have booked if your child is off school. If you do not do so the lunch will still be sent and you will be charged. If you are entitled to Free School Meals (including Universal Free School Meals for Key Stage 1) the lunch will still be sent and school will be charged. We are only reimbursed for meals which are taken but we are charged for the meals provided so please remember to do this.
What do I do if I need to take my child out of school during the day?
Contact school in advance. The response will depend upon the reason but, if the reason can be authorised, you will be asked sign them out and the register will be marked accordingly.
What do I do if I want to take my child out of school for a number of days?
There is no right to do this unless the reason falls within acceptable guidelines. This does not include holiday. Please note that there is no right to take children on holiday during term time and we discourage parents from making any such request as they will not normally be authorised. Absence will only be authorised for exception circumstances. The school must follow the law, in such that the provision for Headteachers to authorise absence purely for the purpose of a family holiday is not an exceptional circumstance.
Exceptional circumstances could include:
- Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
- Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
- The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
- To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.
- Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of 1 to 4 above, the Headteacher agrees to consult with the principal education welfare officer prior to any authorisation being given to the parent. The principal education welfare officer will discuss each case with an independent Headteacher and will make a recommendation to the referring school.
Our area is very isolated and the roads can get quite dangerous - what if I get my child to school late on a day when there has been severe weather?
We do understand that this can be a problem. In times of severe weather please keep an eye on our current website information. We will always endeavour to keep school open but we do not want safety to be compromised and on such days may announce that registers will be kept open until a later time than normal so that pupils will not be noted as having an unauthorised absence.
We are in a rural county - what happens if I want to take my child to the Lincolnshire Show?
We are often asked about our position on children attending the Lincolnshire Show. Given the strong approach to school attendance which is now required by the DfE we have had to give this serious consideration. We understand that we are part of a rural community and that the show represents aspects of an integral part of the working lives of many of our families. Thus, whilst aware that many schools will not authorise any absence for the show, we have tried to find a suitable compromise which is symapathetic to our setting.
Thus we will authorise a day visit to the Lincolnshire Show as long as ALL of the below are met:
- The authorisation has been REQUESTED in writing in advance (note that a letter/email saying that a pupil is going may be notification but cannot be considered to be a request)
- The absence is for ONE of the days ONLY
- The written request has been submitted in advance (by 1pm of the previous day - letter or email firstname.lastname@example.org) - Emails will receive a reply to confirm that the absence has been authorised. For authorisation to be in place you must have received a written reply from school. Please note that until you receive the reply it has NOT been authorised. If you don't receive a reply before midday of the day following you request please contact school. Please do not assume...
- The child is accompanied by a family member (please do not invite friends to go with you - they will not be authorised)
- The overall attendance rate for the pupil up to and including the Friday preceding the Lincolnshire Show is not below 93%
- The child has had no unauthorised absence during the academic year
Authorisation cannot be granted retrospectively.
If your child is in Key Stage 1 please cancel their 'free' school meal by 1pm on the previous day. If you don't do so school will be charged but we are not reimbursed for meals not taken.
Any absence which does not meet these conditions, which are a generous interpretation of the regulations on attendance, will have to be categorised as 'unauthorised'.