Our School Attendance Target for 2021 - 2022 is 96%
Our SCHOOL is improving! WELL DONE PINDERS.
Last year we finished on 94.34%
School attendance is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 16 years
Schools must keep registers showing authorised and unauthorised absences in accordance with Government regulations
Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure a child's education; Failure to do this can lead to legal action
Registers are checked regularly and absence queries followed up immediately by our Learning Mentors and EWO
Examples of Authorised Absence?
Approved sporting activity
Examples of Unauthorised Absence?
Time off for birthdays
Holidays during term time
Persistent lateness after registers have closed
Family member’s illness
Accompanying a family member to an appointment
School Attendance Matters
Why is good attendance and punctuality important?
Regular attendance is vital if your child is to benefit fully from their education
Every absence means that vital lessons missed
It is easy to fall behind but difficult to make up lost time
It is good training for the future
It is your legal responsibility
How can parents support good attendance in school?
Establish a routine that allows your child to arrive at school, on time, every day
Always contact school immediately when your child is absent
Follow this up with a written explanation of the child’s absence when he/she returns to school
Schools are legally required to take a register of pupils first thing in the morning and at some point in the afternoon. The government advises that schools can keep the register a shorter period of time. However, if a pupil is late but the register is still open they are marked as late. This may lead to legal action for not ensuring regular and punctual school attendance.
Punctuality is important because if, for example, a child arrives 15 minutes late at school each day, they lose almost 2 weeks of education a year.
School will work with you to do our best to support parents with attendance, however if continue to fail in your responsibility you may:
Be included in the Fast Track System, which means you will be given 12 weeks to improve your child's attendance.
Receive a Fixed Penalty Notice, which is a fine of £60 per parent/carer for truancy, holidays in term time or poor attendance/punctuality
Be prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court, which could result in you receiving a Community Order, a fine of up to £2500 per parent/carer or a custodial sentence
See your child issued with an Education Supervision Order, which would mean your child attending court and certain measures being put in place regarding attendance at school
If you are experiencing difficulties getting your child to school on time or have questions/issues relating to poor attendance, please contact the school office on 01924 303700. Our Learning Mentor (Mrs Peaker) will be able to offer guidance and support.
Our Text Messaging System is used to contact parents who do not advise school of their child's absence. Please contact the School Office by phone if you receive a text message regarding your child's absence.
Autumn Term 100% Attenders